De Bortoli Yarra Valley Reserve Release Chardonnay 2008

87+ points

Yarra Valley, Victoria. 12%

I was pretty excited about this wine’s 12% alcohol, while that does sound very low for Chardonnay it represents the extraordinary innovation in Australia.

De Bortoli’s winemaker Steve Webber is an exponent of not adding acid or using new oak, of seeking minerality of cool climate fruit and never picking late.

But this doesn’t just seem restrained, it lacks flavour, and vivacity. There are more exciting cool climate low alcohol Chardonnays like Seppelt Jaluka.

Leave for a year and see if it starts to blossom.

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