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De Bortoli La Boheme Act One Sauvignon Semillon Rolle

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In a homage to one time Yarra Valley resident, Dame Nellie Melba, this white blend is more about style than the grapes involved. It's a light, aromatic wine that shows scents of tropical fruits, citrus and dried herbs on the nose, with the citrusy characters translating to the palate wrapped up in racy acidity, and a dryish, chalky textured finish. It's a lovely food wine that would go down well with an antipasto plate.

Winemaker's Notes

The Yarra Valley’s very own opera diva, Dame Nellie Melba, enchanted the world as Mimi in ‘La Boheme’. This range of wines pays tribute to Melba in one of her most well-known operas, based in the characterful Latin Quarter of 1880’s Paris.

I don't know of any other winemakers who blend these varieties together but who cares. As you drive south from Bordeaux towards the Mediterranean, you come across lots of varieties and blends that are just the ticket on a warm day. This is our version. I should really have called it 'the road trip!' The 2011 La Boheme Act One is hand picked, fermented in large casks, smaller barrels and stainless steel. We have used wild yeast, some lees re-suspension for creaminess and a little neglect for complexity and savage. Act One is a blend of 65% Sauvignon Blanc, 25% Semillon and 9& Rolle (aka Vermentino). It's quite Euro in style - delicate, faintly aromatic, subtle, textural and delicious. We tried this at several temperatures the other day. At about 10 degrees Celsius, it's bang on! - Steve Webber, Chief Winemaker.

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De Bortoli La Boheme Act One Sauvignon Semillon Rolle

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Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
"They must be having some fun at De Bortoli because every time I look a new label appears, and they haven't missed a trick yet. This is a great confluence of zesty citrus with the breadth of almost-ripe white nectarines, exotic figs and guavas and just the right hint of funk to keep things interesting."
WBM Wine 100 2011
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
Rolle is better known by its Italian name, vermentino. Here it adds some punch and snap to the nicely tamed sauvignon and crisp semillon. This is a terrific fresh white style, offering light lemon and citrus fruits amid a smoothly textured palate. Well woven indeed.
The Good Wine Guide 2012

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