De Bortoli Wines Riverina
De Bortoli’s Riverina operation is a vast winery based in the Riverina near Griffith. Output is around 4.5 million cases a year and almost all is accounted for by bulk-market labels. The majority of the fine wine output is accounted for at the Yarra Valley winery (see DE BORTOLI Victoria). Riverina budget labels include Vat numbered Deen De Bortoli wines (including good value Botrytis Sémillon Vat 5), the Willowglen and Sacred Hill ranges as well as others only likely to be encountered locally. The greatest interest from a quality point of view is the botrytis-influenced Sémillon Noble One and the fortified Black Noble. The latter is produced in a similar fashion to the liqueur Tokays of Rutherglen from a solera which is based on Sémillon. A brilliant wine, combining power and elegance, its rich, complex character, filled with finest dates and fruit peel, is superbly balanced. Noble One is a long established great Australian sweet wine only surpassed by the country’s best fortified wines. Now bottled under screwcap, it is rich, complex, refined and beautifully balanced and provides a good alternative to top Sauternes. Stylistic changes over the last decade have resulted in a more elegant but no less intense style. These include earlier picking, tighter grain French oak and less new oak; in fact a component of the blend is now sees no oak at all. It can similarly benefit from long cellaring, needing at least 5 years to fully reveal its remarkable complex, honeyed character; good vintages show well for 20-30 years. Also fine is Old Boys ‘21 Years’ (Shiraz/Grenache derived) which is powerful and concentrated with an intriguing aged, nutty complexity yet full of life and vitality.
To find out more about De Bortoli and their wines, and to see how we reviewed and rated their wines you can check out the Wine Guide New South Wales and Queensland..
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