2010 De Bortoli Reserve Release EZ

Yarra Valley 12.6% Screwcap $36

EZ stands for Edelzwicker, which a quick google suggests could mean noble blend, field blend or shitty wine from Alsace. This is certainly not the latter. It’s a stunner.

A blend of Gewürtztraminer, Riesling and Pinot Gris but so much more than the sum of its parts. This is blending for complexity, blending for balance, blending to make a better wine. Sure, you can taste each variety clearly within it but there’s no way any of them would have been half as exciting or half as good if they had been bottled as single varietals.

Aromas of Arnott’s Ginger Nut biscuits (precisely), limes, lychees and rosewater with a hit of spice. Supple in the mouth, always suggesting it might get sweet but it’s only teasing you. After playing with your taste buds for an eternity it leaves you strung out on minerals and wanting more. This shit just can’t be good for you…

Winery website- http://www.debortoli.com.au/

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3 Responses to 2010 De Bortoli Reserve Release EZ

  1. mikerism101 says:

    Haha 'shitty wine from Alsace'. Brilliant.
    And good words elsewise. Blending can lend added complexity to young wines. A good move if varietal definition and site reflection aren't a motivation – we all need to have a great drink too.

  2. Mitchell Harris Wines says:

    Looking forward to a squiz at this.
    Sounds like some nice booze JP. A pretty sensible blend to capture those aromatics. They're putting out some good gear up there at DeBorts lately…

  3. Jeremy Pringle says:

    I think one of the reasons I'm so taken with De Borts is that they have a large range yet maintain integrity across it…whether the wine is motivated by site, variety or other factors.

    And thanks for appreciating my juvenile humour in the tasting note :)

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