Sunday, September 28, 2008

De Bortoli Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1998

Had my last bottle of the De Bortoli Yarra Valley Cabernet Sauvignon 1998 together with Demona last week. I remembered the first bottle that I'd opened has everybody guessing it as a old world Bordeaux left bank.

Opened up with a splendid nose of green cassis, sweet licorice,cedar, plum, currant and dust. Leather emerging after awhile. Pretty elegant stuff. At it's peak now. Level of fruit is just nice at this point but will go further downhill if cellar longer. Powdery tannins and very enjoyable.

Following are some tasting notes from Winorama:
Red with some bricking. Aromas of blackcurrant, tobacco, truffles, licorice and cedar. Quite sweet smelling. On the palate quite soft now with fine tannins and flavours of blackcurrant, truffle and cedar. The oak looks a bit varnishy on the palate and the alcohol is sticking out just a bit. I remember the 1998 as being a big ripe year for this wine and possibly not as long term as some vintages. Probably a good idea to start drinking this from now and over the next few years. We have a six pack and will take our own advice. Really enjoyed this wine though and it made for quite a distinct contrast next to the 96 407 served alongside it. Rated : 90 Points

Check out the faded orangy at the rim. Sign of an aged wine...

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