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2006 De Bortoli Estate Yarra Valley Shiraz ViognierBlend from Australia

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Wine: "Vibrant purple in colour. Rich, lifted perfumed white pepper Shiraz fruit with subliminal complexing floral Viognier hints. Full fruit palate with berries, pepper a...

  • 94 James Halliday - Australian Wine Companion
  • 92 Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media
  • 90 Wine Enthusiast
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94

"Typical bright hue; a highly fragrant bouquet leaps out of the glass; finely structured, with extreme length to the spicy fruits and subtle oak." (10/07)

92 Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media

"Inky purple. Vibrant, spice-accented blackberry and cassis aromas offer impressive clarity and thrust. Deeply concentrated but energetic, with youthfully tangy dark berry skin flavors complemented by cracked pepper, licorice and espresso. Silky tannins carry through the long, juicy finish. This could easily be confused for a top-notch northern Rhone wine." (10/07)

90 Wine Enthusiast

"The small amount of Viognier helps to fill out this wine's mouthfeel, adding weight to the spice-driven flavors of cracked pepper, licorice, coffee and block olive. Finishes long and well structured, with a velvety texture to the tannins. -JC" (12/08)

Product Description:

Wine:
"Vibrant purple in colour. Rich, lifted perfumed white pepper Shiraz fruit with subliminal complexing floral Viognier hints. Full fruit palate with berries, pepper and subtle appearance of oak. The small addition of Viognier has contributed complexity, whilst maintaining tightness and detail." - Winery

Winemaking:
"Shiraz Viognier vines are cane-pruned to 20 buds and are shoot thinned to ensure that each vine yields around 15 bunches. Fruit is hand picked and sorted. A combination of whole bunches, whole berries, crushed fruit and 5% Viognier are gravity tipped to open fermenters. The fruit is then allowed to ferment naturally with indigenous yeast. Over 18-20 days, both hand and foot plunging is used to gently extract colour and flavour. The grapes are pressed and settled for 24 hours before racking to cask (30% of which are new) for MLF and maturation. After 10 months, wine is gravity racked and then bottled." - Winery

This wine was also rated 89 Points by the Wine Advocate.

Product Detail

Item # 78446
Country Australia
Region South Australia
Sub-Region Victoria
Ratings

94 - James Halliday - Australian Wine Companion

92 - Josh Raynolds - Vinous Media

90 - Wine Enthusiast

Vintage 2006
Color Red
ABV 14.0%
Varietal(s) Syrah / Shiraz, Viognier
Size 750 mL
Closure Screwtop
Features
Taste currant, blueberry, blackberry, strawberry, honey, orange, mango, kiwi and tangerine
Nose spice box, cedar, dark fruit, orange blossom, acacia, violet, anise and mint