De Bortoli Wines are one of our favourite wine makers in Victoria. They’re a family run business and have been producing great quality wines since 1928, and this year they released their King Valley Prosecco. Prosecco has been taking the world by storm in recent years, and with Victoria’s King Valley containing the perfect growing conditions for Glera grapes (the conditions at the base of Victoria’s snowfields closely mirror that of Northern Italy’s Alpine base wine region), it was only matter of time before the winemakers in that region started producing their own Prosecco.
A few weeks ago we were sent a bottle of the De Bortoli King Valley Prosecco and we were very impressed. Even Lauren, who prefers champagne and is usually under whelmed by Prosecco, thoroughly enjoyed it. The official tasting notes describe it as such:
Pale with green hues. Fruit-driven with hints of green apple and wisteria. It tastes of apple and pear with fresh pithy lemon, gentle creaminess, complete with the very fine bubbles that we call ‘bead’.
We often find that tasting notes contain a lot of words and don’t necessarily match the flavours we actually find in our mouths but in this case the notes are bang on. The apple flavour is evident as soon as the sparkling liquid hits your tongue and the fresh citrus notes come soon after. Perfect for a relaxed summer picnic or barbecue. If you’re curious, we had it with some oysters, salad and some Adriatic pan-fried squid (you can find our recipe for the squid here).
We enjoyed drinking the Prosecco so much in fact, that we asked De Bortoli if we could have a few bottles to give away to our readers. They obliged, and have provided us with 2 double packs to give away. Each pack contains 1 bottle of the King Valley Prosecco along with a bottle of De Bortoli’s 2015 Bella Riva Sangiovese Rosé.
The Rosé is also from the King Valley and another wine which is perfect for the summer. It goes especially well with salmon, and not just because they share a similar colour! Here are the tasting notes:
Classic pale salmon Rosé colour. Red fruits, smells savoury and exciting, nougat, aromatic. Gentle flavours, morello cherry, soft acidity and creamy.
If you’d like to win 1 of the double packs (and let’s be honest, who doesn’t like free wine) all you need to do is subscribe to The City Lane’s weekly newsletter by entering your e-mail address into the subscribe box at the end of this post, and leave a comment about what you love most about wine in the “Leave A Reply” section also at the end of this post. Existing subscribers can also enter. Sorry international readers, this one’s for Australian residents only.