De Bortoli Sémillon Noble One Botrytis 2005
Sweet, rich and deeply honeyed, tasting of soft green fig and cream. Yet this is balanced, with juicy, almost tangy, pineapple and grapefruit notes. A perfect evocation of the Sauternes idea. Delicious already. Drink now through 2016.Add winemaker's notes
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Sweet, rich and deeply honeyed, tasting of soft green fig and cream. Yet this is balanced, with juicy, almost tangy, pineapple and grapefruit notes. A perfect evocation of the Sauternes idea. Delicious already. Drink now through 2016.
De Bortoli has made Noble One into one of Australiaandrsquo;s benchmark dessert wines through consistently strong efforts like the 2005. Scents of vanilla and cinnamon add layers of complexity to the dried apricot and orange marmalade flavors. Medium-bodied and sweet, with a long finish, pair it like you would any fine Sauternes.
This is the first release of Atalaya. The 2007 Atalaya is a blend of Monastrell, Garnacha Tintorera, and other grapes. The wine was aged for eight months in French and American oak. This purple-colored wine has an expressive bouquet of violets, spice box, leather, game, blueberry, and black cherry. On the palate it comes off as borderline kinky and definitely sexy with lots of easy-going flavor, superb depth, complexity, and a 45-second finish. Although it can be enjoyed now, it will evolve for another 2ndash;3 years.
The 2005 Botrytis Semillon andldquo;The Noble Oneandrdquo; has nearly 70% botrytis infected fruit. It was aged in French oak, 46% new. Medium gold-colored, it offers an enticing nose of orange peel, tangerine, and candied apricots. Balanced with lively acidity, this vibrant wine has a long, pure finish. It can be enjoyed now but will easily evolve for up to a decade. De Bortoli owns estate vineyards in Riverina, Hunter Valley, and Yarra Valley and produces several tiers of dry table wines in addition to their sweet and fortified dessert wines.
Ripe, honeyed and generous with its sweet fig, pineapple and apricot cream aromas and flavors, finishing with a nice tang of acidity and a touch of oak to balance the honey. Drink now through 2010.
Dark gold, with spicy aromas and flavors, working in some honey and pineapple character before finishing surprisingly tangy. Drink now through 2008.
Medium gold. An exotic collection of honeyed pit and tropical fruit aromas are complemented by vanilla bean, baking spices and sweet butter. Fleshy and round but energetic, with zesty peach and poached pear flavors sharpened by juicy acidity. Finishes clean and long, leaving vanilla and honeyed peach flavors behind. Still young.
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