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De Bortoli Deen Vat 4 Petit Verdot

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Hailing from the Riverina in NSW is this rich, full-bodied, easy drinking petit verdot. Dark berries and cherries decorate the nose, along with hints of coffee toastiness. The palate is sumptuous and brightly fruited, with licks of chocolate, soft tannins, and a yummy, juicy finish. A rich shephards pie would be great with this.

Winemaker's Notes

Deen De Bortoli created his Vat Series with the idea of developing a range of delicious, full-fl avoured wines at an aff ordable price. Deen personally selected the blends and chalked the numbers on the vats to identify them. The Vat Series includes traditional varietal wines as well as wines made from interesting, newer varieties in Australia.

Appearance: Deep purple with crimson red hue.

Nose: Rich dark fruit, blackberries and cherries, hints of violets with chocolate and mocha characters from the oak.

Palate: Rich dark fruit, well integrated mocha oak combined with fine tannins add richness to ensure a lingering palate full of flavour.

Food: Try with Lamb shanks or T-Bone steak on the BBQ.

Cellaring: Enjoy now or cellar for one to five years.

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De Bortoli Deen Vat 4 Petit Verdot

Expert Reviews

Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
If you’re out to maximise flavour for dollar, this is your wine, packed with succulent black fruit density of powerful blueberries, violets and liquorice. The crunchy tannins of petit verdot keep it lively, finishing long and rich with lingering dark chocolate and cherry liqueur.
2014-2017
Wine Taste Edition 122
90
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Bright colour, with jubey blackberry fruit on the bouquet and palate; fleshy and fresh, and excellent value.
To 2015
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
87
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Medium red-purple; yet another tribute to the ability of petit verdot to produce a wine with good colour and abundant ripe flavour even with a heavy crop; there are layers of plum and black fruits, supported by soft tannins. Two gold medals, including Rutherglen Wine Show '11 in class 216D, I kid you not (most wine shows have less than 60 classes).
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
91
Peter Forrestal (2007 Vintage) says
Like durif, this robust yet fleshy red is admirably suited to the warmth of the Riverina sun. Here it takes on a dimension not seen elsewhere, and so a variety that is blended almost everywhere else on the planet can fly solo and be celebrated. For reasons that I can't explain, it's just not popular. But give it a try and you will more than likely buy a bottle. There are dense blackberry and dark cherry flavours that have power and weight, seductive velvety texture and ripe, approachable tannins
Quaff 2010 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Great colour and an abundance of juicy red fruits; quite toasty on the finish; a fun, easy-drinking barbecue wine.
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
88
Campbell Mattinson (2007 Vintage) says
"...I'll be drinking De Bortoli Deen Vat 4 Petit Verdot 2007. It's exactly 14 per cent and so smooth, I can't keep my hands off it. A real red at a real hot price - it could be the year's best bargain."
June 2009
WINESTATE (2007 Vintage) says
Winestate 20082009
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
This year's red wine steal - don't miss it. If you wanted to be really picky, you could argue that there is too much oak flavour here. It does taste resiny, toasty and vanillin, but the thing is that these flavours are attractive (it's a bit like arguing that someone is too pretty). It's otherwise remarkably plummy and smooth, with a wonderful richness. This wine is an argument against ever spending a lot of money on wine. Devilishly attractive in all respects.
The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10 2009
91
Peter Forrestal (2006 Vintage) says
"The guys from De Bortoli in the Riverina seem to have a magic touch when it comes to quaffing wines (could it be attention to detail?). You can see the impact of the low yields from the 2006 vintages in a red like this: fresh, clean, lively and juicy, showing dense concentrated dark plum and blackberry flavours and persistent fine, ripe tannins. It''s approachable and delightfully succulent. Two gold medals. The Deen range has never been better."
est Buy Wines, Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine, 2008
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Complex fruit, with some unexpected leaf and olive overtones to the core of red fruit flavours at its heart. Gold medal Melbourne Wine Show '06.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
88
Peter Forrestal (2004 Vintage) says
The thing that struck me first about this budget-priced red was its texture: 'gloriously velvety' said my notes. There is more depth, richness and concentration of flavour than you'll find in other varieties. It's full-bodied and shows plenty of extract on the finish yet is still approachable. A great quaffing style.
Quaff 2007 2006
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
86
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Still holding dense colour; very aromatic black fruits; lots of mid-palate plum and blackcurrant flavour; minimal tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
88
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (2002 Vintage) says
Sweet, succulent, almost confectionery-like blackberry fruit flavours, with a tart, tannic finish.
Quaff 2005 2004
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
85

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