Rutherglen Estate Shelley's Block 2020
Pale straw with green hues, complex, citrus, spice, apricot, ginger with hazelnut and dry herb aromas. The palate has beautiful length and structure, soft texture, with nutty, citrus and delicate spice notes.
Rutherglen, Victoria, Australia
Alc/Vol: 12.5 %, TA: 7.3 g/L, pH: 3.30
The Marsanne, Viognier and Roussanne are grown on the De Bortoli Shelley’s Vineyard on the eastern edge of the Rutherglen region. The site has interesting gravel, clay and alluvial soil mix.
Pairs well with creamy pasta sauces or spicy Asian cuisine.
The wine was fermented using a mix of tank fermentation and French oak barrels. Following fermentation, the wine was then aged on lees for 7 months. Stirring and malolactic fermentation was avoided to retain the natural acidity and drive of the wine and so not to interfere with the wine’s bright zesty fruit profile.
2020 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show, Best French Variety - Trophy
2020 Australian Alternative Varieties Wine Show - Gold Medal
2020 UK International Wine & Spirits Competition (IWSC) - Gold Medal
2020 Victorian Wine Show - Silver Medal
Light to mid-yellow colour with a rich, stone-fruit bouquet reflecting peach and apricot and a spice note that reminds a little of gewürztraminer - from the viognier, no doubt. The wine is full and rounded, soft and generous in the mouth. A lovely wine, balanced and ample, and complex, layered with flavours that entertain. 93/100.
The Real Review August 2020
Superb for drinking now but can cellar nicely for up to 10 years.
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