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De Bortoli Reserve Release Chardonnay

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De Bortoli Reserve Release Chardonnay

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James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Reinforces the fact that this was an excellent vintage for Yarra Valley chardonnay; light straw-green, it has beautiful white peach, melon and nectarine fruit aromas and flavours; there is an element of citrus in the acidity, no more obvious than the almost transparent touch of oak.
James Halliday's Top 100 wines of 2012 2012
96
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Typically complex and funky, with a rather closed, nutty and spicy bouquet of peach, citrus and melon-like fruit deftly backed by smoky, nutty oak and earthy undertones. It's long and smooth, with a creamy, plump, nougat-like texture and a flavour profile that steadily builds towards a meaty, savoury finish. Very well made and very drinkable.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013 2012
95
Rob Geddes MW (2011 Vintage) says
A very exciting wine at the finer savoury end of Australian chardonnay. Mixes elegant citrus fruit with subtle Burgundian savoury aromas from solids for complexity giving a palate with lovely fruit? richness hinting pears and savoury edges with subtle oak giving roundness to the great length with a tight youthful palate.
Rob Geddes MW
93
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
"Terrific purity here with freshly sliced melon, citrus and stone fruits. Nice complex palate texture, quite grippy and dense, finishing with peach nougat and handy resolve."
WBM Wine 100 2011
94
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Pale, vibrant colour; fine, fragrant, polished and poised, with pear, lemon, spice and fennel; the palate is soft on entry, showing some development, yet the racy acidity draws in the focus to a laser-like intensity, as the finish continues unabated; racy, modern and exciting at a lowly
Australian Wine Companion 2012 2011
96
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
First-rate, with crystalline fruit deftly balanced with restrained oak and mineral undertones. A smoky fragrance of grapefruit, melon, lime juice and ginger with undertones of charcuterie meats, cinnamon and nutmeg precedes a smooth, creamy but reserved and laid-back palate. Its tangy core of bright fruit gently pervades all down the palate, supported by the finest of chalky undercarriages and finishing with delightful composition and harmony.
The Australian Wine Annual 2012
96
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
A very exciting wine as it evolves rapidly and confidently from the fleshy to the finer end of Australian chardonnay offering a bold and brave view of where our wines could go. Elegant subtle burgundian complexity lean minerally acids with very good palate definition in every aspect. Under priced.
Rob Geddes MW
91
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A particularly distinguished interpretation of the Yarra Valley, oak providing no more than a fermentation medium, the grapes picked to precisely provide the stone fruit and fig flavours supported by natural acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
95
Tyson Stelzer (2007 Vintage) says
"It is as if the texture ramps up successively with every one of De Bortoli's four Chardonnays, and it is here that it reaches its final crescendo. This is wine that is more about structure than overt fruit. It's immaculately mineral and beautifully textured."
WBM 2010
95
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
The nose is bound up tightly in winemaking: restrained and citrusy, some faint stone fruit and melon, mealy lees-derived complexity and smoky oak folded through. In the mouth it shows similar savoury, fine and restrained shape, pared back and elegant, nashi pear fruit and a crisp, clean finish.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
93
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
“An understated wine of great finesse, an exercise in texture and structure creating a wholly individual style; tight melon fruit, a touch of apple, and the oak deliberately held to provide texture rather than flavour; cerebal.”
Wine Companion 2009
94
Campbell Mattinson (2006 Vintage) says
"De Bortoli has been making giant strides with it's Chardonnay and this is right up there. It's got length, reserve, texture and personality. It tastes of grapefruit, nougat, wheat germ and matchsticks but as with the best wines, individual flavours aren't really the thing. It's the taut elegant control of it. The follow-through of flavour after you've swallowed."
The Wine Front 2008
95
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
A very exciting wine as it evolves rapidly and confidently from the fleshy to the finer end of Australian chardonnay, offering a bold and brave view of where our wines could go. Elegant, subtle, burgundian complexity, lean minerally acids with very good palate definition in every aspect. Under priced.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
93
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
An understated wine of great finesse, an exercise in texture and structure creating a wholly individual style; tight melon fruit, a touch of apple, and the oak deliberately held to provide texture rather than flavour; cerebral.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
A deliberately complex wine, with lots of funky, Burgundian barrel ferment, lees and wild yeast characters; the fruit sustains the winemaker inputs very well; rich and profound. Gold medal Sydney Wine Show '06.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
95
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Intense but elegant; complex barrel ferment notes with a touch of funk; nectarine and melon; great mouthfeel, long finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
95

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