FOR more than 10 years, the Deen De Bortoli range of De Bortoli wines, across half a dozen white and red varieties, has matched the very best of Australia’s quite considerable, in world terms, wine value.
The range consistently provides delicious balanced mouthfuls of flavour that is exceptional value for money.
I understand the English wine writers who complain that reasonably priced Australian chardonnay is boring, because much of it is, but not this.
I also feel that I understood The Weekend Australian Review wine correspondent Max Allen, who some years ago wrote: “Yes, I know I recommend De Bortoli’s wines quite a lot. But the company keeps coming out with stunning value bottles I feel compelled to tell you about.”
The De Bortoli wine group was established by Vittorio De Bortoli in the 1920s, then largely built into what it is today under the guidance of his son, Deen and now his grandchildren.
These days, with an annual crush of over 70,000 tonnes (or nearly 5 million cases and more than 4 per cent of Australia’s wine production) the company is bigger than any of Penfolds, Rosemount, Lindemans or Wynns and yet they quietly remain family owned and controlled.
The WA annual grape crush is under 60,000 tonnes.
In a recent masked line-up, the 2014 Deen De Bortoli Vat 7 chardonnay shone for its price against dozens of other Australian chardonnays.
It is full, dense and very long for a wine in the price range, with a touch of balancing dry viscosity for body and complexity.
This will be lovely drinking through the Christmas period and right through until 2017.
If you can hold it, by late 2016 and 2017 this will taste like a $25$35 chardonnay. 17.9 points. RRP $14.95 and often below $12.
De Bortoli Wines directors Darren, Kevin, Emeri, Leanne and Victor De Bortoli.