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De Bortoli Willowglen Cabernet Merlot 2017

Special Price $15.00 Regular Price $16.00
A dry, medium-bodied blend for good drinking today. Soft, made for a quiet drink after a hard day. Sorry, this product is not available individually.
De Bortoli Willowglen Cabernet Merlot
Wine Specs
Variety
Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot
Vintage
2017
Winery
Winemaker
Julie Mortlock
Body
Light
Sweetness
Dry
Drinking Window
Now
Alcohol %
13.5
Closure
Screwcap
Size
750 mL
Biodynamic
No

Sweet fragrant aromas of blackberries with underlying mint and hints of milk chocolate oak. A generous wine that shows sweet and vibrant fruit on the fleshy palate with soft mouth coating tannins.Fruit comes from the Riverina region in New South Whales, as part of the De Bortoli range of vineyards.

Thoughts from a customer who recently grabbed a bottle:

HI Mark,
My wine arrived yesterday. Very quick, and just in time for a night out with a gorgeous bunch of women. Took along a bottle of the DeBortoli Willowglen Cab Merlot. After we devoured a bottle of $30 Barossa shiraz I popped the DeBortoli. And the consensus was delicious! Definitely stood up to the aperitif shiraz. I reckon that's good value. My fellow dinners were astonished at what I had paid.
Kind regards,
Ian

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