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De Bortoli Yarra Valley Reserve Syrah

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De Bortoli Yarra Valley Reserve Syrah

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James Halliday (2011 Vintage) says
Bright crimson-purple; has that little bit extra of everything: more aroma, more red and black fruits, possibly more French oak and definitely more tannins. It has the attention to detail that is Steve WebberÍs credo.
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition 2013
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
The use of whole bunches in shiraz is becoming 'de rigeur' in the Yarra Valley, and the effect on the bouquet is set to divide opinion; in this instance the sappy, cold tea, Asian spice and red fruit qualities jump out of the glass, with the palate having an almost pinot-like silkiness and layered character; long and spicy.
Australian Wine Companion 2013 2012
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
The reserve release wine is sourced from the Yarra Valley estate's oldest shiraz planted in 1971, and has all the same accoutrements of the estate wine but delivers greater depth and soul. The nose is more brooding and has a smoked graphite mineral edge with fruit buried below deck for now, some Rhône-like citrus zest here too. The palate wields impressive power and direction, really concentrated and focused, packed with plum and dark summer berry flavour, delivered on tannins that build weight and presence towards the finish. One of their finest yet!
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
" Classy, Rhone-inspired shiraz with a floral, musky and meaty bouquet of blackberries, dark plums and blueberries with earthy, herbal undertones. Medium in weight, its fine-grained and finely crafted, presenting an harmonious interplay between deep, dark fruit, savoury oak and fine, dusty tannins. It finishes long and elegant, with a genuinely persistent core of fruit and a fresh acidity."
The Australian Wine Annual 2011
Campbell Mattinson (2008 Vintage) says
I found it a challenging wine when I tasted it last December - almost too much so. It seems softer and (much) riper now - the sweetness of its berried fruit is now coming through more clearly. It smells of chicory, smoke and peat. Then tastes of ash, plums, violets and meat. It has lots of dark tea-leafy tannin and is (gently) bitter on the finish. The main thing is that it's got beautiful lift and life and the tannin and flavour through the finish sets it apart as 'special'. It's a glorious wine in its style. 2010
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
Chicory, smoke and peat - for those interested in the winemaking, this was made with over 80 percent whole bunches. It tastes of ash, plums, violets and meat. It has lots of dark tea-leafy tannin and is bitter on the finish. Has heaps going on, really needs a couple more years in the bottle. It's a special wine but you need to be in the mood.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Medium bodied with stalks providing a different savoury detail to the acid and tannin balance to most local shiraz
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Super-elegant, restrained but very complex wine, all the components seamlessly welded together; spicy, savoury notes to the medium-bodied black fruits sustain the long finish, aided by fine tannins.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Campbell Mattinson (2005 Vintage) says
“A world away from the common impression of Australian shiraz. Bear in mind that I'm talking about a shiraz, but this is minerally, flinty, almost steely on the finish, the whole package rammed tight with tannin and ground spice and bright, dark, cherried fruit. There are notes too of star anise, sap, cinnamon, twigs and smoke, and for distinctiveness in the Australian context it has to be tasted to be believed. It is a Burgundy-styled syrah, in need of ten years in the cellar. Drink 2013-  2020.”
The Winefront Red Issue 2007
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
A beautifully made wine with absolutely perfect balance, structure and style; silky smooth and long black fruits, with splashes of spice.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006

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