A very good wine at a fair price, De Bortoli's Vat 8 features just enough leather and spice layered over blackberry, blueberry and vanilla flavors to impart complexity without overshadowing the fruit. Finishes a bit crisp, with the emphasis on tart berry flavors.
Here’s a sweet, easy-drinking Shiraz that’s made to please the masses. Candied red-berry fruit is laced with caramel and toasty oak. Hints of black pepper on the nose and finish remind you that you’re drinking Shiraz.
Even De Bortoli’s less expensive wines often show decent structure; this wine’s firm tannins frame somewhat simple grape and blueberry fruit while calling for a fatty burger to help bring them into balance. Picks up a hint of coffee on the finish.