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De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate Grown Chardonnay

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If you go down to the Yarra today, you’re in for a big surprise. That’s because the quality of Chardonnay has never been better and a producer at the forefront of the revolution is De Bortoli. These are wines that show elements of oak but it’s the fruit that does the talking. It smells of citrus and roasted nuts, a nice minerality too. The palate continues the theme with a textured mouthfeel of citrus, hazelnut and minerals.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Light straw with a green edge.

Nose: Transparent notes of white flowers, hazelnut and minerals with very fine citrus aromatics.

Palate: Gentle textured palate, slightly savoury, good drying phenolics, hints of nuts, nervy, good drive and length.

Food: Grilled spatchcock with couscous.

Cellaring: The wine will continue to develop complexity and interest with good cellaring for up to 5-8 years.

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De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate Grown Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Winemaker Stephen Webber is an enthusiastic supporter of the quality of the ' 11 vintage for chardonnay, and many totally agree. This wine reflects the minimalist approach, with no new oak, but significant texture and complexity from the barrel fermentation and maturation.
To 2017
Australian Wine Companion 2013
94
Nick Stock (2011 Vintage) says
Lovely, gentle complexity and a mix of peach and citrus fruit on offer here. This has gentle oak toast and is beautifully judged in all respects. The palate takes bright stone fruits, citrus and melon flavour and marries them with gently savoury oak notes, some grilled nuts and a lightly creamy edge through the finish. Bright acid, marzipan edge too.
Now
Good Wine Guide
93
Jeremy Oliver (2011 Vintage) says
Elegant and refined, this compete young chardonnay has a delicate, spicy bouquet of grapefruit, melon and lemon, cloves and cinnamon backed by a light waxiness. It's long and gentle, with a reserved but lively presence of white peach, melon and citrusy fruit with creamy, meaty and nougat-like undertones. There's some fatness and roundness, but it ties together in a savoury and faintly greenish finish of soft acidity.
2013-2016+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
93
Tyson Stelzer (2011 Vintage) says
On one side, the mafia declare the modern trend in Yarra Valley chardonnay to be too lean and mean. On the other, De Bortoli winemaker Steve Webber celebrates the cool, classic 2011 vintage as defining the best chardonnays De Bortoli has ever made. Who to believe? The wine, of course. True to the season, this is a zesty, cool and restrained aperitif style of refreshing purity. A taut and honed palate rides on a cool season backbone of tense acidity. Grapefruit zest, fresh lemons, lemon blossom perfume and a hint of charcuterie lees complexity carry with outstanding persistence. Chablis, eat you heart out.
2012-2021
Wine Taste Special Edition 97
94
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
This label has been criticised for early picking gone too far. We praise white Burgundy and Chablis when it’s tightly wound, honed, mineral, restrained and age-worthy. Then a local chardonnay talent puts forward its most taut, high-strung and long-lived vintage ever and the critics write it off. Not this little black duck! C’mon Aussie!
Wine Taste - Edition 19
94
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Restrained, with almost a dumbed-down fruitfulness to ensure a fine, gentle and savoury style, with a fresh, waxy scent of white flowers adding freshness and charm to its reserved aromas of grapefruit, pineapple and nutty, mealy oak. Long and supple, its gentle, but brightly lit palate plays down the entire length of its palate, finishing with fresh, tangy acids.
The Australian Wine Annual
93
Nick Stock (2010 Vintage) says
This is a beautiful chardonnay, with impressive clarity and focus on both nose and palate. It smells of just-ripe peach and lemon-citrus fruits, with hazelnut oak influence and gentle bready lees layered in too - really fresh. The palate's contained and composed, really toned down in its friut, all compressed into a smooth, textural style; gentle grip through the finish. A class act.
Now
The Good Wine Guide
93
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Pale quartz-green; there is some bright and healthy colour development; the bouquet is complex, but still to open up fully. Steve Webber has succeeded handsomely with his desire to make textural wine, as evident here as it is with red wine. The textural play introduces layers of different flavour nuances with a mix of grilled nuts (not oak-derived), a waft of nectarine, and minerals.
To 2017
Australian Wine Companion 2013
94
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Bright colour; has a very fragrant and fresh bouquet, doubtless thanks in part to its low alcohol; the resulting delicate fruit has been protected from new oak; has early picking has been taken a little too far?
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
94
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
"Steve Webber's Chardonnays continue their upward trajectory in 2008 - remarkable considering the lofty heights of previous vintages. With the purity of guava and ultra-zesty pink grapefruit underlying the complexity of barrel ferment, this is a wine of amazing finesse."
WBM 2010
95
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
A very complex bouquet, with some savoury elements, is followed by a tightly wound and focused palate; neither its intensity or length is compromised by its low alcohol
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
Campbell Mattinson (2007 Vintage) says
"Highly textural wine. Elegant and long. This is why the wine world has fallen in love with De Borts over the past five years. Crisp grapefruit and lemons but with lots of savoury, charry, creamy mouthfeel. Just gorgeous."
The WIne Front Hot 50, 2008
94
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Complex aromas; the palate has tight focus and extreme length; distinct affinities with Chablis.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
95
Tyson Stelzer (2006 Vintage) says
"The precision and detail of this wine are something to behold. The flavours build and build on the finish, in a sea of delightfully textured, minerally acidity. Pure grapefruit, white peach and lemon flavours jostle with spicy wild yeast complexity and roast nut flavours. Brilliant."
WBM 2008
95
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Complex flavour and texture with seamlessly woven melon, nectarine and creamy lees notes; oak contributes more to the texture than the flavour.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Still incredibly tight and youthful; a long palate with finesse and elegance; everything is in balance, simply needing time.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
94
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; an extremely stylish yet typical young Yarra bouquet with fine melon, citrus and cashew fruit. The palate is very tight, intense and complex, with tangy citrus/melon fruit, good acid and subtle oak. A brilliant outcome for what was a better red than white vintage.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998
93

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