Tuesday 22 May 2007

WINE OF THE WEEK: De Bortoli 2005 Vat 4 Petit Verdot

ONE FOR LUNCH: Innovative Riverina makers, De Bortoli never cease to surprise with some of their more unusual bottlings, the latest being a gutsy 2005 Vat 4 Petit Verdot for when you’re planning on feeding the man meat – it’s value you’ll find hard to beat at just $9.99 with a rare steak off the barbie.

With Petit Verdot’s history rooted in the Bordeaux region of France, this De Bortoli version’s full-bodied with driving plum and spice flavours and toasty oak characters; we’d suggest decantering to let the wine breath a bit before drinking – and at the price, don’t look past putting a few away in the cellar as its showing a good two or three more years development potential.

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