Aromas are of intense, ripe blackberry fruit heavily dosed with vanilla. The palate deals much of the same, but dialed down a notch in intensity. Feel is smooth; 10,000 cases produced. Imported by De Bortoli Wines USA Inc.
This rather chunky, grapy wine is a good alternative to the ubiquitous Bogle Petite Sirah from California, its only real competition in the value Petite Sirah segment. The dark fruit notes turn slightly dusty on the finish, hinting at black olives. Pair it with burgers, chops or steaks. Drink now–2012.
De Bortoli's top releases from their Yarra Valley properties garner most of the press, but this solid Chardonnay delivers apple and citrus notes alongside hints of riper fruit, tinged with just a touch of vanilla. It's light and crisp, finishing on the tart side.
Admirably complex for such an inexpensive Shiraz, with smoky, tarry elements, espresso and raspberry all present, finishing on a tart note. The downside is its lack of textural richness, but what do you expect for nine bills?
Full-bodied, soft in texture and loaded with peach and melon fruit, this is a tasty everyday Chard. Hints of custard and lime give it additional interest, while the finish ends on a citrusy (orange?) note. Drink now.