2018 De Bortoli La Bossa Pinot Grigio
La Bossa, la beauty.
Don't be fooled by the price here, it's such a smart Pinot Grigio that you can imagine it being good drinking for twice as much. We're serious, this is varietal, fruit driven and actually a good drink.
How's it taste?
Fresh pear aromas, with a hint of marzipan. The palate is fleshy and textural, with a nice viscosity and crisp, clean finish.
How was it made?
Low yielding, young vineyards and a splash of Riesling to add some lift to the Grigio. Fermentation via inoculation with a select strain of yeast to enhance mouth-feel and fruit concentration. As in previous years each parcel was left on yeast lees for an extended time intensifying the natural fruit flavours and texture of the wine.
Who made it?
One of Australia's more dynamic family wine businesses, De Bortoli wines is now in it's third generation, having been first established by Vittorio and Giuseppina De Bortoli in 1928 with the business then driven by their son Deen De Bortoli and now third generation Darren De Bortoli alongside his sister Leanne and her husband, De Bortoli Chief Winemaker Steve Webber. De Bortoli wines has been historically based at Bilbul (near Griffith) in the NSW Riverina, but more recently they have expanded into the Yarra Valley (where Leanne and Steve Webber are based), the Hunter Valley and also into Victoria's King Valley. The emphasis in all of the vineyards has always been upon innovation, with De Bortoli credited with the creation of Australia's most famous dessert wine, the Noble One. The De Bortoli winemaking philosophy is that great wine begins in the vineyard. Their belief is that sustainable vineyard practices will deliver exceptional fruit quality to the winery as well as real environmental benefits. With a focus on careful site selection, vine maturity, high input viticulture and a move towards biological farming principles, De Bortoli Wines are also focusing more and more on single vineyard wines and the expression of specific terroir through their wine. In the winery, minimal (more...)
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