Established in 1928, De Bortoli Wines represents 90 years of successful winemaking legacy of the De Bortoli family. It was founded by Giuseppina and Vittorio De Bortoli, who moved from Italy to New South Wales for a better life. Over the years, the brand has earned a reputation for fine wines. Its Deen Vat Series range is a tribute to Vittorio’s son, Deen, who with the support of his wife, Emri, carried forward the family business to new heights using innovation and new technological skills.
Gewurztraminer 80%, Riesling 20%
The Bilbul winery in Riverina produces not only Willowglen Gewurztraminer Riesling, but also a number of De Bortoli’s top end flag-bearers, not least the remarkable Noble One Botrytis Semillon. A Mediterranean climate, bringing warm summers and welcome rain in winter, is a fine match for the region’s various loam soils. Sustainability is high on the winery’s agenda, a firm hand being taken to water recycling, vineyard mulching and the control of greenhouse gas emissions, among other initiatives.
The parcels of each varietal were chosen with particular characteristics in mind: spicy musk and rose petal flavours for the Gewurztraminer, floral and citrus for the Riesling. The parcels are fermented separately, using particular yeasts with each of them to emphasise their individual traits, with blending, clarification stabilisation and filtration following afterwards.
Musk and spice meet on the nose, backed by a hint of citrus, while rosewater and Turkish Delight follow on the generous palate, accompanied by a crisp citrus lift from the Riesling.
Good to go with Vietnamese vegetable rolls, tempura, Thai green curry, ramen noodles dusted with light sweet spices, Kung Pao chicken or just by itself