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De Bortoli Sacred Hill Unwooded Colombard Chardonnay

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It's pure fruit all the way with this cheeky white blend, none of that pesky oak interfering with things. Aromas of melons, citrus and stone fruits decorate the nose, whilst the palate is light-bodied and a touch sweet, with tropical and green apple flavours, friendly acidity, and a soft, refreshing finish. It's great value and will please a crowd.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Very pale.

Bouquet: Strap yourself in! It is a full-on passionfruit whack to the olfactory gland!

Palate: This fruit driven wine full of pungent passionfruit and tropical flavours and a defining green apple acid backbone.

Vintage conditions: Warmer temperatures and consistent winter–spring rains made for an early budburst. Late January rains paused the start. Once dry, perfect conditions followed as the added soil moisture kept night time temperatures low allowing the fruit to retain its natural acid. Chardonnay was picked at the end of the first week of February and the Colombard was picked in the middle of February allowing us to have it on shelves for spring.

Winemaking: Selected parcels of fruit were harvested in excellent condition. The Colombard being well squeezed to release the intense flavours in the skins and the Chardonnay gently pressed to retain varietal character and freshness. The Colombard and Chardonnay are fermented cool and slow to retain the primary fruit flavours of the grape. The subsequent wine is left on primary yeast lees to build weight and a creaminess on the palate.

Cellaring: Made for immediate enjoyment, but will drink well for 2-3 years.

Food match: These more full bodied styles match well with:
Creamy pasta - white wine and cream sauces; mushroom risotto
Chicken - grilled chicken; chicken caesar salad
Hard cheeses - parmesan; roumano; vintage gouda.

Additional information: Suitable for Vegans & Vegetarians.

Alc/vol: 12.5%

expert reviews about

De Bortoli Sacred Hill Unwooded Colombard Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2012 Vintage) says
One of the early blends of colombard, used by Wolf Blass and others, using the acid retention ability of colombard to full advantage; a wine that does not rely on sugar to provide its flavour.
To 2013
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
87
James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
The colombard component adds a shaft of lemony acidity that gives it interest it might not otherwise have. Drink now.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
87
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Learning from the wizardry of four De B chardonnays above it, Windy is an elegant, mineral-driven style with purity of white peach, lemon zest and even a touch of lees complexity.
Wine Taste Special Edition 16
91
Peter Forrestal (2008 Vintage) says
I marvel at the quality of the wines De Bortoli coax out of Riverina fruit. Unfashionable colombard and temporarily unpopular chardonnay make a terrific quaffing blend. In this 2008 wine, it's reasonably intense, fruity, tightly held together, neatly balanced and with good length. Pleasandy appealing.
Quaff 2010 2009
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Clean, bright and ripe fruit, soft and round in the mouth; ideal commercial style.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
87
Peter Forrestal (2006 Vintage) says
Uncomplicated yet lively and fresh with good viscosity and vibrance and a clean, refreshing finish.
Quaff 2008 2007
Peter Forrestal (2005 Vintage) says
This is the kind of wine that makes me believe that De Bortoli are on fire! How even the Riverina can produce whites of this quality at this price defies belief. It has grassy, herby characters and some fresh lychees and passionfruit tropical flavours, is bright, clean and refreshingly lively. A bargain.
Quaff 2007 2006
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Fresh, clean citrus and apple aromas; clean and fresh palate; a touch of stone fruit; good balance reflecting the synergistic blend. Screwcap.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
87
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
84
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
82
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; a clean, solid bouquet with faint peachy fruit, the generously flavoured palate benefitting from the crisp acidity provided by the colombard.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
84

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