expert reviews about
De Bortoli Yarra Valley Reserve Release Syrah
Tyson Stelzer (2010 Vintage) says
Tremendous perfume and spice thanks to whole bunch fermentation. Fantastic texture, line, length. But with green pepper and a stalky edge, does the whole bunch influence go just a little too far?Wine100 2011
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Light colour; a very expressive bouquet, almost perfumed; the palate also walks along a path of its choosing, intense yet with spicy/savoury components; has elements of the Northern Rhone Valley in its make-up.To 2019Australian Wine Companion 2011
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
Wild and briary, loaded with funky, meaty complexity and smoky, savoury influences, this deeply scented, adventurous and rather stalky young shiraz is just on the greenish side of herbaceous for genuine balance and longevity. It's spicy and floral, with violet-like notes and sweet aromas of berries and redcurrants backed by undertones of smoked sausage. Generous, dark-fruited and briary, it's long and meaty, with an edgy, perhaps dangerously smoky finish that just lacks harmony and integration.2012-2015Australian Wine Annual 2010
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Medium-bodied with stalks providing a different savoury detail to the acid and tannin balance.2015Australian Wine Vintages 2010
Campbell Mattinson (2007 Vintage) says
"Remarkable complexity and depth - it's a wine to marvel at as you drink. It tastes of grilled meat, charcuterie, toast, coffee beans, blackberries and smoky spice - in terms of complexity, this is one with the lot. It has fantastic tannin structure, assertive but elegant; it's a wine of certainty. Amazing."The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2007 Vintage) says
This is made from the grapes grown on De Bortoli's oldest Yarra Valley shiraz vines - on the hill at the Dixon's Greek Winery. Remarkable complexity and depth - it's a wine to marvel at as you drink. It tastes of grilled meat, charcuterie, toast, coffee beans, blackberries and smoky spice - in terms of complexity, this is one with the lot. It has fantastic tannin structure, assertive but elegant; it's a wine of certainty. Amazing.2011-2022The Big Red Wine Book 2009/10
Ralph Kyte-Powell (2007 Vintage) says
This stylish Yarra Valley shiraz has a distinct European accent with meaty, malty richness, delicate dark fruit and spice characters, and floral, earthy overtones. Very subtle yet very complex, it tastes superfine and fresh with a long, soft signature.ABC Delicious Magazine, November 2009.
Ray Jordan (2007 Vintage) says
Opens with a spicy aroma, with touches of orange zest and dark-red fruits. Palate is soft and generous but with an excellent spine. It's medium weight, with a really classy poise. Nicely structured and showing some finesse. Good tannin structure and effortlessly long through the mid-palate. Understated oak.The West Australian, October 2009.
Wine Advocate (2007 Vintage) says
The 2007 Syrah Reserve Release was sourced from a vineyard planted in 1971, was naturally fermented, and was aged for 10 months in seasoned French oak before bottling without fining or filtration. Purple coloured, it offers a captivating aromatic array of mineral, lavender, smoked game, bacon and blueberry in a style reminiscent of a quality Cote-Rotie. Medium-bodied, elegant, and silky, it has the structure to evolve for 2-3 years and will offer a drinking window extending from 2012 to 2022.Jay Miller, Wine Advocate, December 2009.
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