In 1994, the De Bortoli family planted the BellaRiva vineyard on the King River at the base of the Victorian Snowfields. With strong Italian heritage of both our family and region, Mediterranean varieties were chosen and planted.
This new range of wines celebrates both the natural beauty of the King Valley and the vibrancy and innovation of this emerging wine region. BellaRiva in Italian means beautiful riverbank - a fitting description for the spectacular location of De Bortoli’s picturesque vineyards on 3.5 kms of King River frontage.
This wine is more about style than variety. It is meant to be bright, rustic, savoury, interesting and above all, delicious.
- VIC - King Valley
"Medium garnet in color with a hint of purple, the 2010 Bella Riva Sangiovese Merlot gives notes of ripe red plums, red cherries and stewed tea over dried thyme and potpourri aromas. Medium-bodied with plenty of red berry and savory / tea flavors on offer in the mouth, it is softly textured with a low to medium level of tannins. Enlivened by crisp acid and finishing long, drink this one now to 2015."
Rating 87 - Lisa Perotti-Brown MW, Wine Advocate #201, (JUN/2012)
"The fruit for this juicy and savoury red is grown in the King Valley. I don’t know the percentage of sangiovese to merlot (there’s a splash of tempranillo in here, too) but it doesn’t really matter. It’s a delicious, uncomplicated drink on the lighter side of medium-bodied. Very fresh with a delicate perfume, it
is soft on the palate. There is plenty of refreshing acidity that will cut through a bowl of rich spaghetti bolognese. One to drink now."
Sydney Morning Herald, (MAR/2012)
"Light, clear red-purple; the improbable back label description as 'bright, rustic, brooding and quaffable' (MAY/ seem oxymoronic, but is in fact entirely appropriate for this wine."
Rating 88 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2013, (JUL/2012)
"This very drinkable red blend comes from the foothills of the King Valley in Victoria. It’s made purely and simply to be a highly quaffable red wine — and it is. Like the slightly rustic sangiovese influence on the fleshy ripe plumpness of the merlot. Sits togethher wiithh excellent balance."
Ray Jordan, West Australian, (JUL/2012)
Winery Tasting Notes
Sangiovese and Merlot. Both widely planted in Tuscany. Sangiovese the native Italian, Merlot originally from France . In Australia very suited to the King Valley as well as the more maritime climates. A small addition of Tempranillo from our King Valley estate for a little more ‘Mediterranean’ feel.
Red with good garnet edge.
Complex, slightly rustic earthy aromas, autumnal, brooding.
Savoury palate with good texture and length. Dreaming pasta!
Now or over the next 5 years in a good cellar.
Spaghetti alla Puttanesca - just the ticket!
Medals & Trophies
Silver Medal, Cowra Wine Show 2012