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De Bortoli Windy Peak Shiraz Nouveau

Cracka Review

Appearance: Bright appearance with good red and purple rim
Bouquet: Complex, brooding, fresh berry, spicey nose with hints of whole bunches and graphite
Palate: Soft, lightish but complex and mouth filling. Terrific length and drinkability.

De Bortoli Wine Reviews and Accolades

Commended: 2010 International Wine Challenge

"This lightly summery red from De Bortoli's Yarra Valley operation is a sort of Beaujolais-meets-shiraz. Like that famous light French gamay red it has a fruity, plummy nose with an earthy touch, but some peppery notes betray its shiraz origins. The palate is juicy and fresh with little or no tannin extract, making it easy to glug down with abandon. It's perfect chilled in hot weather." - 4 Stars, Ralph Kyte-Powell for The Age, January 2010

"The latest addition to De Bortoli's deservedly popular Windy Peak range is the best Australian light red I have sampled - and thoroughly enjoyed - in at least 10 years. It's been made a la Beaujolais and features fresh, youthful berry and plum aromas, a juicy, fruity palate with no oak dimension and only a little mild tannin. Dangerously drinkable, ideally suited to spring and summer meals and huge value." - 5 Stars, Paddy Kendler for The Herald Sun, September 2009

"A new hybrid style wine developed over two years by De Bortoli's Yarra Valley winemaker Steve Webber. It's a blend of King Valley, Heathcote and Yarra Valley fruit, light and breezy with bright berry and plum fruit flavours, underlying peppery characters, no oak influence and a crisp, clean finish. Drink it chilled with antipasto." - Kerry Skinner for the Illawarra Mercury, September 2009

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Bright appearance with good red and purple rim
Bouquet: Complex, brooding, fresh berry, spicey nose with hints of whole bunches and graphite
Palate: Soft, lightish but complex and mouth filling. Terrific length and drinkability.

De Bortoli Wine Reviews and Accolades

Commended: 2010 International Wine Challenge

"This lightly summery red from De Bortoli's Yarra Valley operation is a sort of Beaujolais-meets-shiraz. Like that famous light French gamay red it has a fruity, plummy nose with an earthy touch, but some peppery notes betray its shiraz origins. The palate is juicy and fresh with little or no tannin extract, making it easy to glug down with abandon. It's perfect chilled in hot weather." - 4 Stars, Ralph Kyte-Powell for The Age, January 2010

"The latest addition to De Bortoli's deservedly popular Windy Peak range is the best Australian light red I have sampled - and thoroughly enjoyed - in at least 10 years. It's been made a la Beaujolais and features fresh, youthful berry and plum aromas, a juicy, fruity palate with no oak dimension and only a little mild tannin. Dangerously drinkable, ideally suited to spring and summer meals and huge value." - 5 Stars, Paddy Kendler for The Herald Sun, September 2009

"A new hybrid style wine developed over two years by De Bortoli's Yarra Valley winemaker Steve Webber. It's a blend of King Valley, Heathcote and Yarra Valley fruit, light and breezy with bright berry and plum fruit flavours, underlying peppery characters, no oak influence and a crisp, clean finish. Drink it chilled with antipasto." - Kerry Skinner for the Illawarra Mercury, September 2009

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De Bortoli Windy Peak Shiraz Nouveau

Expert Reviews

Peter Forrestal (2009 Vintage) says
"What I particularly like about the Nouveau Shiraz is that it is perfectly suited to the Australian climate. It's the kind of wine we should be making - and do far too rarely.  I tasted it a year ago and loved its wild fragrances 'bright raspberry, mulberry and redcurrant flavours, juicy succulent maceration character and ripe gentle tannins.' I tasted it just before Quaff 2011 went to print and felt that it was as fresh and lively as ever and loved its juicy macerated black cherries and vibrant, quaffable character."
Quaff 2011
Matt Skinner (2009 Vintage) says
"With the wines of Beaujolais serving as inspiration, the latest addition to the much-loved Windy Peak family is this bright and bouncy all-terrain red wine that has been deliberately designed for immediate consumption - with or without a chill, and with or without food. Using carbonic maceration - a process where grapes are fermented as whole berries prior to being crushed - it has a bright and explosive nose of sweet raspberry, blackberry and cherry-like fruit and a super-soft mouthfeel that makes it dangerously easy to drink."
2011 Wine Guide
Campbell Mattinson (2009 Vintage) says
"Well, didn't this grab a lot of attention when it was released in 2009. It takes fresh, easy-drinking, young red wine into a new realm. Ideally consumed in spring - so check out the 2010 release around then (and see what we have to say about it on www.winefront.com.au).
Light in flavour, sure, but delicious quaffing. It's like drinking a rich rosé. It tastes of sweet strawberries, raspberries and spice, and while its light on the tongue it's ripe and soft. There you have it: soft and ripe and full of light, summery, berried fruit. You could easily chill this, and drink it all through summer. "
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11
98
Nick Stock (2009 Vintage) says
"This is an amazing wine for the money. Super fragrant sweet floral notes, plenty of sweet spice, an immensely juicy palate, really tangy ripe strawberry and cherry fruit flavours and a lingering smooth fine tannin glide. Could even be chilled."
WINE 100, October 2009
91
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2009 Vintage) says
Well, didn't this grab a lot of attention when it was released in 2009. It takes fresh, easy-drinking, young red wine into a new realm. Ideally consumed in spring _ so check out the 2010 release around then (and see what we have to say about it on www.winefront.com.au). Light in flavour, sure, but delicious quaffing. It's like drinking a rich rose. It tastes of sweet strawberries, raspberries and spice, and while it's light on the tongue it's ripe and soft. There you have it: soft and ripe and full of light, summery, berried fruit. You could easily chill this, and drink it all through summer.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
89

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