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De Bortoli Reserve Release EZ

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Cracka Review

Woah! Hold the phone! Here we have a little slice of Alsace in the Yarra Valley! Textural, complex and fragrant, this shows a wonderfully intriguing mix of Pinot Gris richness, Gewurtz lift and Riesling acidity. Why don't we see more wines like this?

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Light straw with vibrant green tinges.

Nose: Typical aromas of lychees and orange blossom floral notes associated with Gewurztraminer. There are undertones of citrus zest and mineral notes associated with the Riesling and Gris in the blend.

Palate: The palate shows texture and balance. There is lifted floral and exotic notes from the Gewurtz while still maintaining freshness and delicacy from both the Riesling and Gris. The palate shows lovely mid palate softness and the finish is long.

Food: Try this wine with Asian inspired food.

Cellaring: This wine is made for immediate enjoyment, however will continue to develop further with further cellaring in a good cellar.

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De Bortoli Reserve Release EZ

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Tyson Stelzer (2012 Vintage) says
This impeccable, uncomplicated and versatile blend is just the thing to tackle sushi and sashimi. Riesling takes the lead with its citrus and apple fruits, touched with gewurztraminer spice and pinot gris pear. Its’ soft texture and alluring fruit are well matched to its gentle sweetness (15g/L). $18 at Cracka.
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
You could accurately name the varietal mix simply from the flavour profile, such is the precision of this blend. Gewürztraminer brings its rosewater aromatics, riesling its cut of lemon zest and pinot gris, juicy, fleshy pear fruit and mixed spice. It's all chased by a wave for finely-textured minerality.
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
This is a three-way blend of gewurztraminer, riesling and pinot gris, named in shorthand after the Alsatian 'edelzwicker' wines, meaning 'field blend'. It leads a musky, exotic gewurz, sweet floral perfume, lychee, lime and spice. The palate's smoothly honed, worked into creamy shape, and tastes of lychee, lime and pears. Terrific vision, courageously executed.
Sydney Morning Herald & The Age Good Wine Guide
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
"In many ways the most interesting wine of the three reviewed here, EZ is a blend of 40% riesling, 40% gewurztraminer and 20% pinot gris, cask fermented with wild yeast, taken through a full malolactic fermentation, with frequent lees stirring. It has a distinctive perfume, with a subliminal hint of clove, and the palate reveals more and more with each taste, expanding on the finish. 150 cases made; apart from cellar door, Melbourne-dwellers will find it on the list at Longrain."
The Australian
Campbell Mattinson (2010 Vintage) says
"It's so delicious it's scary. If you're anywhere close to modestly spiced food, it would be easy to crave a few glasses. Terrific fragrance. Smooth, slinky texture. Vibrant flavours of green apple and rosewater. Spicey finish. Soft at every turn, but not oily. A wine you just want to drink and drink and drink."
WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
Lolly-like nose with a perfumed lift, and pleasant, spicy fruit flavours with crisp acid.
WINESTATE Volume 34 (2011)
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Austere, dry talc/mineral characters with connotations of Alsace; a highly cerebral wine that will pass over the heads of many tasters. May develop well. Gewurztraminer/Pinot Gris/Riesling
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009

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