A few changes to the De Bortoli EZ (Edelzwicker or Alsatian field blend) this year. It wasn’t released in 2011 as Steve Webber felt that the fruit they would have used had too prominent a ginger character. 2012 sees a more off-dry style, although the 15g/l residual sugar sits comfortably within the wine, adding a sophisticated, adult lemonade flavour without overt sweetness. It’s a blend of 82% Riesling, 13% Pinot Gris and 5% Gewürztraminer.
A fine spritz presents in the glass. Along with the citrus accents, the nose offers pear and roses with hints of ginger and pepper. The Riesling is eminently deserving of its starring role but the shadings provided by the Gris and Gewürz add a fair bit of interest. The finish is quite chalky. Lovely, easy drinking wine at a fair price. 89 Good
Region: Yarra Valley
Tasted: January 2013