De Bortoli, Deen Bortoli Vat 1 Durif 2019 Riverina

16.5

Tasted from a 3-cl mini sample bottle. Presented by winemaker Julia Mortlock. 100% Durif, 90% from their own vineyards. 30- to 40-year-old vines on sandy loam at 129 m. Destemmed, pressed and settled. 10% stays in stainless steel. The rest is matured in new and old American and French oak barrels for 12 months. TA 7.3 g/l, pH 3.45, RS <1 g/l. Screwcap.
Ripe fruit-forward nose but quite oaky, especially to begin with, on the palate. Dark and inky, but the juice of black plums floods the mouth, followed by an underwash of cold-press black coffee. Chocolate, vanilla pod and a cool thyme-lifted, mint-leaf freshness that weaves tightly into the finish. The tannins are supple; wide but bendy, giving the fruit plenty of room to breathe and fill the mouth. This also seems ridiculously cheap for the amount of pleasure it delivers. VGV (TC)

Producer
De Bortoli
Cuvée
Deen Bortoli Vat 1
Grape variety
Appellation
Riverina
Country
Colour
Red
Alcohol
14.5%
Score
16.5
When to drink
2022
2026
Published on
11 May 2022
Date tasted
Reviewer
Stockist
£9.99 RRP imported by North South Wines