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De Bortoli Yarra Valley Estate Reserve Release Syrah 750ml

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    Yarra Valley (Dixons Creek)

    Deep red with some purple hues

    Complex dark fruit aroma with white pepper and spice

    The palate is rich and textured with layers of plum, spice and black olive

    Vintage Conditions
    2005 was a very good vintage. We had good early rain and saw excellent development of fruit flavours at lower sugar levels. Summer was cool and moist until early January and dry cool conditions prevailed until picking. Syrah is sourced from the original 1971 plantings which are oriented to the West in a N-S row orientation. Fruit is hand picked and delivered to the winery in 8kg buckets.


    Fruit is hand sorted and a combination of whole bunches and destemmed fruit is carefully tipped in 2x 4.5 tonne open fermenters. The fruit undergoes natural fermentation with the occasional plunge toward the end of fermentation. After 18 days on skins the wine is pressed, settled overnight and gravity filled to barrel where it matures peacefully at 16°C for 10 months. The wine is then racked by gravity and filled to bottle without fining or filtration.

    Wine Analysis
    Alc/Vol : 14.0 %   pH : 3.48   TA : 5.9 g/L

    95 points
    “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.”

    James Halliday, James Halliday’s Wine Companion 2009, November 2009

    95 points
    "Ignore the initial sulphide smell and you'll find a very tasty, complex, spicy cool-area shiraz beneath. It's meaty but also floral: anything but a simple varietal shiraz. The taste is multi-layered and delicious. Challenging and rewarding."

    Huon Hooke, Sydney Morning Herald, July 2008

    "[I] loved it for its fragrant cinnamon and candied red fruit... Although the oak was assertive, it was just tucked in enough not to suppress the wine's vibrant palate. The tannins are sturdy yet supple, with a sweetness of fruit that runs through the middle."

    Nick Stock, Australian Gourmet Traveller Wine, December 2007

    91 Points
    "Classic black olive and plum aromas which follow onto the palate along with firm structure, well judged alcohol and balancing acidity. Lovely, and 2006 is just as good."

    Helen Coburn, ShelfLife (Ireland), October 2007

    "Inky purple. Intensely spiced dark berry and cherry aromas are complicated by violet, minerals and cracked pepper; this could pass for a top-end St. Joseph. Sweet dark fruit flavors are braced by zesty acidity and sharpened by exotic Asian spices. Finishes brisk, with a slow-building bitter chocolate quality. Put this away for at least four more years."

    Josh Raynolds , Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar ( USA ), August 2007

    "Aromas of blackcurrant, raspberry, dark cherry, spice, pepper, game, a hint of capsicum, stalks and pencilly oak. A riot of smells. On the palate just a fraction over medium bodied with blackcurrant, cherry, meat, spice and vanilla flavours. Firm lightly sappy tannins with a fine emery board texture and refreshing balanced acidity. Finishes very long with a slight (but attractive) stalky character. It even gained weight and complexity after being open for a day. It’s a wine that pushes local boundaries and all the right buttons. Controversial perhaps? I find it engaging and ultra-stylish."

    Gary Walsh, Winorama (, June 2007

    94 points
    “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 2013-3020.”

    Campbell Mattinson, The Winefront Red Issue, April 2007

    95 points
    "I love this wine but it is pushing the style envelope so far that it needs an international stamp! It is unusual for an Australian shiraz to include about 40% whole bunches but it works well here and I think it adds authority to the wine..."

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