WINE TALK April 2021



This month we are delighted to have some our our pubs and restaurants with outside space trading again. It has been a long, difficult year, but hopefully this is the first step towards returning to more normal living where we can meet with friends to enjoy a glass of wine. We continue to enhance our wine offering and are delighted to welcome De Bortoli to our range of family producers. De Bortoli do not conform to many people's expectations of Australian producers and we explain their story in the article below.

Our shop remains open in line with government advice. Fortunately we have the space to trade safely with social distancing, wearing of face masks and use of hand sanitiser. For those who prefer not to visit the shop, we continue to offer free local delivery and deliveries nationwide for just £9.95. Our drivers wear masks and respect the social distancing advice from government. Alternatively you can order online for collection at a safe distance from the shop. If you have not yet visited our website you can explore our range by following the link here

Best wishes

Simon and the Talking Wines Team

Aussie Treasure in the Yarra Valley

The de Bortoli family’s story is typical of many wine-making immigrant families from Europe, arriving from Italy in the 1920’s. After purchasing a mixed fruit farm the de Bortoli family started making wine and selling it mainly to other immigrant Europeans in the area. 

De Bortoli wines are based in the Yarra Valley just east of Melbourne. The climate here is untypical of Australia’s wine growing regions and the cool nights and warm days are perfect for grape growing, especially Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. The style of wine is well balanced with good freshness, avoiding the problems of over ripe, high alcohol wines. 

De Bortoli have now celebrated over 90 years of wine-making with the fourth generation of the family. They are lucky to have Steve Webber as winemaker, making wines of great balance. As Steve says their Shiraz is so different to most Aussie Shiraz that it’s not even funny. Steve’s style is to make wine very drinkable and balanced, not trying to extract every last ounce of flavour.

 The Chardonnay and Pinot Noir are great examples of a more European style, food friendly approach to wine-making. They are light and approachable and very easy to drink a second glass. The more quirky range are named after the opera La Boheme. The white is a dry, gently aromatic Pinot Gris with a touch of Riesling, Pinot Blanc and Gewurztraminer. Subtle and restrained with pear and blossom aromas followed by apple and mandarin flavours. La Boheme red is an aromatic, textural wine in homage to the French bistro. A blend of Syrah and Gamay it is delicious, complex yet easy drinking.

 One of De Bortoli most successful wine styles is their Botrytis Semillon. Left to hang on the vine until the fungus appears on the grapes, it is then used to make the most delightful dessert wine. A complex, elegant, honeyed dessert wine balanced by fresh acidity.

 Australia is a varied wine producing country with different climates allowing a range of styles. De Bortoli is a great example of a family producer in one of the cooler climates producing some outstanding wines.

What's New?

New Wines for April

De Bortoli Regional Reserve Chardonnay, Yarra Valley, Australia £12.95

De Bortoli Regional Reserve Pinot Noir, Yarra Valley, Australia £12.95

De Bortoli La Boheme Pinot Gris, Yarra Valley, Australia £14.99

De Bortoli La Boheme Syrah Gamay, Yarra Valley, Australia £14.99

De Bortoli Deen Vat 5 Botrytis Semillon 37.5cl, Yarra Valley, Australia £9.50

Knock Knock shiraz, Barossa Valley, Australia £15.95

Ranch 32 Chardonnay, Monterey, California £17.99

Ranch 32 Pinot Noir, Monterey, California £17.99

Metz Road Pinot Noir, Monterey, California £21.99

Bottega Vinai Sauvignon Blanc, Trentino, Italy £11.99

Montresor 'Urban Park' Appassimento, Veneto, Italy £12.95