De Bortoli have released this new range for those who are “open minded, adventurous.” Wine for those who just like to enjoy wine. Sourced from De Bortoli’s vineyards in King and Yarra Valleys and the warmer central Victoria region of Heathcote. 15% Whole bunches. Winemaker is Steve Webber
De Bortoli,Re-Write The Rules, Pinot Noir, Victoria, 2021
Proper Pinot Noir under $20? This is the Holy Grail for those seeking a small outlay and “pinosity,” often being disappointed. Here we get plenty of varietal dark cherry, rose, easy crushed fresh thyme, soft peppery stalky spice and some singed citrus zest. Just medium bodied with fine angular structure, decrying the urge to be a “dry red” fruit bomb to sell pallets full. It’s not deep or overtly complex but there’s subtlety and nuance with rose and cherry fruit supported by structured tannin and focused finish.
Rating: 17.5/20 (90/100)
Wine sample courtesy of De Bortoli