Deen De Bortoli created his Vat Series with the idea of developing a range of delicious, full-flavoured wines at an affordable price. Deen personally selected the blends and chalked the numbers on the vats to identify them. The Vat Series includes traditional varietal wines and also wines made from interesting, newer varieties to Australia.
- NSW - Other New South Wales
- New South Wales
"For the miniscule yields inherent to botrytis, a bargain dessert wine that hasn’t been concocted by freezing or reverse osmosis in the winery is nigh-on unheard of, and this is why Vat 5 is nothing short of remarkable. Baby brother to the iconic Noble One, it’s matured in small portion in oak and spends a surprising number of years maturing prior to release. The result is, not surprisingly, oozing with complexity of honey, marmalade, toffee and toast. There’s a note of onion-like reductive complexity in the background, and a textural, phenolic mouthfeel, neatly balanced by sweetness on a long finish."92 Points - Tyson Stelzer, Wine Taste Weekly, January 2014
"The little sibling of Australia’s most famous dessert wines, the de Bortoli Noble One, this is astounding value for the style, deep golden with wildly lifted ripe apricot smells and some woody herb and spice adding thrust in the palate. Ripe summer fruits go well with it." Tony Love, Herald Sun, Advertiser Adelaide, December 2014
"Vat 5 is a budget-priced intro to this outstanding Riverina style. Sweet citrus, honey and marmalade aromas and flavours, tangy acidity. Top value." 90 -Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age, March 2014
"Coming from the Riverina-based De Bortoli family, the acknowledged masters of botrytis dessert wines in Australia, this wine is terrific value. It is gold with amber tints and has scents of mixed peel and bay leaves. Rich, ripe apricot flavour rolls onto the front of the palate and honey comb, mandarin and clove elements chime in on the middle palate. Nutty characters feature at the finish. The botrytis on the label signifies that the wine is made from grapes infected by the parasitic fungus botrytis cinerea, often called noble rot. Botrytis is responsible for the celebrated French sweet wines of Sauternes and Barsac and it concentrates the sugar and removes the water from the grape berries." 4.5 Stars - John Lewis, Newcastle Herald, October 2014
Winery Tasting Notes
Echoes of citrus, peach, pear, nectarine and honey with attractive oak aroma’s.
A vibrant mouthfeel of stone fruits, citrus, a twist of caramel and subtle oak interplay combined with a slight touch of refreshing acidity give this wine a beautifully balanced and lingering finish.
Try with an array of fruit desserts or enjoy with a platter of cheeses and dried fruit.
Enjoy now or cellar for five to eight years.
Medals & Trophies
Trophy - 2014 Cairns Wine Show
Trophy - 2014 Rutherglen Wine Show
Gold Medal - 2015 International Wine Challenge - England
Gold Medal -2014 Rutherglen Wine Show
Silver Medal - 2014 Australian Inland Wine Show (Swan Hill)
Silver Medal -2014 Cairns Wine Show
Silver Medal -2014 International Wine Challenge - England
Silver Medal - 2014 Riverland Wine Show
Bronze Medal - 2014 Adelaide Wine Show
Bronze Medal -2014 Cowra Wine Show
Bronze Medal -2014 International Wine Challenge - Tranche Two (UK)
Bronze Medal -2014 National Capital Wine Show (Canberra)
Bronze Medal -2014 Riverina Wine Show
Bronze Medal -2014 Sydney Royal Wine Show
Bronze Medal -2013 Australian Inland (Swan Hill) Wine Show
Bronze Medal -2013 Hobart Wine Show
Bronze Medal -2013 Melbourne Wine Show
Bronze Medal -2013 NSW Wine Awards
Bronze Medal -2013 Rutherglen Wine Show
Blue Gold - 2014 Sydney International Wine Competition
Top 100 - 2014 Sydney International Wine Competition
Commended - 2014 Decanter World Wine Awards - London