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.
- AUS - Multi-regional
"The 'Deen' reds are all good but this Vat 9 cabernet is the biscuit – as they say. This far out-shines its asking price. Curranty fruit, highlights of violets, excellent balance, a sure line of acidity and firm-ish, mouth-puckering tannin. Textbook early-drinking cabernet. You could even cellar it medium-term, if you so desired."
92 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front, June 2013
"Excellent value-for-money cabernet from this very good vintage. Blackcurrant and dusty oak with slightly powdery tannins. It’s balanced and delivers a long finish. Like the dark chocolate and spicy plum characters that fill the mid palate. Best in the short term."Rating 90 - Ray Jordan, West Australian, January 2014
"No other Australian producer has a range of budget-priced wines that is as consistently good as De Bortoli. This is typical. There's some restraint to the wine, good intensity, richness and concentration. Pleasantly medium-bodied, soft, round and ripe with raspberry and blackcurrant flavours. Satisfying, easy drinking."
Peter Forrestal, Money Magazine, November 2013
"This surely is one of the best good value reds. Lip-smacking plum and black fruit, chocolate characters, tannins and a good match with roast lamb."Kerry Skinner, Illawarra Mercury, July 2013
Winery Tasting Notes
Deep red with crimson hues.
Fragrant cassis, plum and chocolate with earthy, cedary oak undertones.
Prominent ripe plum and licorice combined with fine grain tannins and well integrated cedar oak result in a mouth filling wine that leaves lingering sweet fruit flavours.
Roast rib beef, slow cooked lamb shanks or a rich pasta dish.
Enjoy now or cellar for one to five years.
Medals & Trophies
2013 Hobart Wine Show
2013 Melbourne Wine Show
2013 International Wine & Spirit Competition
2013 Japan International Wine Challenge