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The De Bortoli family originated in Italy. Leaving for greener pastures, they headed for the beautiful country of Australia, where their wine making talents and prowess would eventually lead them to make a box of goon.
A large amount of people in my immediate friendship group still live at home. When I visit I continually see this wine in their cupboards – time and time again. I don’t know what it is about this goon, but Mum’s love it. It’s like the Gerard Butler of goon brands.
Wanting to see what all the fuss was about I picked up a sack of this Gerard Butler wine – not to be confused with Gerard Butler’s sack, which I have no doubt would also be quite good.
I have to tell you, the box . . . not too flash. It’s definitely no Daybreak Estate box, I’ll tell you that right now. The colour of wine was pretty average as well – having a clear/watery yellow colour. It looked a bit like urine, but at least semi-healthy urine.
Like all cheap boxed wine, the De Bortoli Semillon Sauvignon Blanc is a blend, combing all sorts of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc grape varieties. These wines are known to be of medium to high acidity and this cask was no exception. The taste was nicely tart, a little watery and slightly sour. Very mild and inoffensive though – definitely easily drinkable. The wine mostly tasted of soft fruits, predominantly passionfruit.
1. The alcohol content is relatively strong.
2. Mum’s love it.
3. Subtle flavour – no bite.
1. The price is a little higher than many other goons.
2. The box ain’t nothin to look at.
3. Who really likes Gerard Butler anyway?
Overall the Bortoli Semillon Sauvignon Blanc was a little too boring and expensive for my liking, an average goon nonetheless.