Tasting Notes - De Bortoli (Vic) Bella Riva

New release wines from the King Valley

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De Bortoli BellaRiva King Valley

De Bortoli BellaRiva King Valley

De Bortoli King Valley
De Bortoli King Valley
De Bortoli King Valley

 

De Bortoli is one of Australia's First Families of wine, dating back to 1928 and now into its third generation of winemakers.

Its home is in Bilbul in NSW with vineyards in the Riverina and Hunter Valley in NSW and the Yarra and King Valleys in Victoria.

The Bella Riva vineyards were planted in 1994 at the base of the Victorian ski fields on sandstone and shale deposits, washed down by the river over time.

Using varieties widely planted in Italy, fruit from vineyard makes up these two new releases – Bella Riva King Valley Sangiovese Merlot and Bella Riva Pinot Grigio Vermentino.

 

2009 Bella Riva King Valley Sangiovese Merlot

This wine is more about style than variety. It is meant to be bright, rustic, savoury, interesting and above all, delicious.

In 2009 a warm growing season was experienced with reasonable normal ripening times. Fruit was mature and expressive at balanced alcohol and acidity levels.

The two varieties, sangiovese and merlot are both widely planted in Tuscany. Sangiovese the native, merlot from France. In Australia these are very suited to the King Valley as well as the more maritime climates.

The wine is red with a good garnet edge. It has complex, slightly rustic earthy aromas – autumnal and brooding. The palateis savoury with good texture and length. Dreaming pasta!

Suggested cuisine: Spaghetti alla Puttanesca - just the ticket!

Alc vol: 13.5%

RRP A$18.00

 

2010 Bella Riva Pinot Grigio Vermentino

This wine is more about style than variety. It is meant to be light, faintly aromatic, dry with texture and above all delicious.

In 2010 cool growing season was experienced with timely rainfall. Fruit was mature and expressive at balanced alcohol and acidity levels.

The two varieties, pinot grigio and vermentino are Italian grape varieties.  Pinot grigio is planted widely over Italy and Vermentino is planted mainly in Sardinia and the south. In Australia they are very suited to the King Valley and other continental medium climates.

The wine is light straw in colour with a green edge. It is complex, slightly nutty, faintly aromatic and fresh. Pear-like fruit with nutty undertones.

Clean but good texture and complexity, quite fine, gluggable!

Suggested cuisine: Caesar salad

Alc vol: 12.5%

RRP A$18.00

 

 

Regions

  • King Valley including Milawa (VIC)

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