Mountains home

Australia - Victoria - Yarra Valley - De Bortoli

2006 Yarra Valley Estate Viognier 4-5-6
Very pale sand color. Weak nose. Initial taste is very chardonnay-like, typical viognier flavors come in later, but they remain a bit buried. Finish is nice with a bit of orange blossom and maybe some cinnamon. I'd almost bet that there was some Chardonnay in this. AU$22

2005 Yarra Valley Estate Chardonnay 6-7-7
Very light straw color. Nose has nuts and burnt match aromas. Hints of fig on the initial taste. Nutty oak - maybe macadamia. Plenty of good acid. Finish is very long and somewhat complex and interesting. Really keeps on going to a beautiful finish. AU$30

Gulf Station Pinot Noir 6-5-5
Purplish red cherry skin colored, medium color intensity. Classic pinot noir nose. Dark cherry flavors with a bit of latte. Very soft tannins. Moderately long finish. At the end of the finish there is some candy/syrupy taste. AU$18

2005 Estate Shiraz/Viognier 5-6-6
Nice rich deep purple colors. The nose isn't as interesting as I'd hoped with the viognier in there - some white pepper, but pretty tight. Very ripe, stewed plum tastes. Viognier influence is hardly noticeable. Smooth tannins. Finish is nice, goes towards plum skin flavors. Last taste was much more interesting than the first. AU$30

Black Noble 6-7-7
A very interesting blend of botrytised semillon (Noble One) and Pedro Ximenez. Interesting nose of molasses & malt. Complex & interesting flavors with toffee, mocha ice cream, and malt. Really reminds me of a Starbucks drinks.

U.S. Distributor:
DeBortoli Wines USA

Posted by Bruce on June 24, 2007 2:26 PM

Post a comment

(If you've never left a comment here before, Bruce may need to approve your entry before it appears here. Thanks for waiting.)