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De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate Grown Syrah

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De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate Grown Syrah

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James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
92
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
A lighter Yarra Syrah season, producing black pepper and spice with attractive perfume, ripe tannins and impressive line and length. Is the green pepper edge of whole bunch a touch too much for the elegance of the season?
Wine100
92
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Light, bright clear crimson; a juicy, light- to medium-bodied syrah, with a texture more akin to pinot noir than conventional shiraz, as is its perfumed aromaticity; effortlessly fine and long on the palate, and good tannins on the finish.
To 2017
Australian Wine Companion 2013
94
Andrew Graham (2010 Vintage) says
My single greatest issue with Yarra Shiraz/Syrah historically has been all about ripeness, with too many Yarra wines struggling to resolve acidity and flesh, the wines seeming to waver between unripe and underfleshed or overripe and barely recognisable as Yarra sourced. What impresses me most about this wine then is simply how right it is, how that tightrope walk of pepper and spice vs meaty plum fruit richness is carried off. Structure too is spot on, the 50% whole bunches giving a firmness and tannic punch that carries everything forward. That whole bunch character is evident on first whiff actually, contributing to the black/white pepper spiciness of the nose, coupling nicely with the prosciutto and macerated plum fruit characters. It's a ripe nose, but a contained one, stemmy and grainy and a little closed but properly ripe too - a confident and appealing and correct nose. The palate too carries a certain whole bunch pepper and twigs character though set in a firm and perfumed cranberry and beef roast frame. There's a great balance between firm, stem tannin dryness and richer fruit that really makes this wine, contributing to the sold, grainy and well built style that shows plenty of Crozes-Hermitage in its leanings. Top booze that needs another 2-3 to show its best, I really enjoyed this one.
94
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
A very polished rendition of Rhone-inspired whole bunch syrah. This oozes fragrant lift and has a flurry of musky perfume across light red fruits, strawberries and raspberries, some milk chocolate with gentle, stalky notes and spice starting to build - superb complexity. The palate is stretched across fine-grained tannins and bounces juicy through the middle-palate, finishing with plum skin grip.
2012
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010
93
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Bright hue; a highly floral and fragrant bouquet with spicy dark berry aromas, then a long palate with strong spicy/ savoury nuances from the inclusion of whole bunches in the ferment.
To 2020
Australian Wine Companion 2011
94
Campbell Mattinson (2008 Vintage) says
"Smoky, earthen, peat-like, and terrifically well textured - there's so much going on in this wine. It's like a wild parade. You could describe it as having a 'brooding complexity'. It's challenging, but excellent quality. DRINK 2012-2018"
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11
95
Matt Skinner (2008 Vintage) says
"With plenty of talk about Yarra Valley syrah, this is a brilliant cool-climate example from 2007 winner Steve Webber. Compact, pure dark fruit spiced with smells of juniper and green pepper, make way for a plush, chewy and delicious mouthful of wine."
The Sun Herald, November 2009
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
"2008 takes one of the country's most carefully assembled Syrahs to a new level. It's propelled not so much by the complexity of star anise, wood spice, field mushrooms, pepper and blackcurrents nor the floral violet lift so much as its profound line and length and other-worldly texture."
Wine 100, April 2010
97
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
Smoky, earthen, peat-like, and terrifically well textured there's so much going on in this wine. It's like a wild parade. You could describe it as having a 'brooding complexity'. It's challenging, but excellent quality.
2012-2018
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11
95

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