Variety: Botrytis Cinerea Riesling
Region: McLaren Vale
Who out of you among us has a sweet tooth? Come forward now. I have a little surprise for you in the term of this delectable little sucker.
Botrytis cinerea; also known as “Noble rot” (hence the name), is a vine disease that weakens the skins of the grapes, causing moisture (water) to escape, thus leaving the grapes full of sweet sweet sugary goodness and looking “wrinkled”, (hence the name again). The grapes are picked later than usual as part of the annual harvest. Therefore, we get this wicked sweet wine, that is packed full of sweet fruit flavours. Pineapple, dried apricots, raisin, citrus undertones. These are the type of aromas that will come out in this particular wine.
It’s time to get onto the wine itself, and as you can see, this one has more awards than you can poke your noble stick at.
On the nose, and you get a distinct smell of marmalade, coupled with citrus peel (lime zest), honeysuckle and raisin.
The palate is absolutely gorgeous. We start working off with pineapple and moving into dried apricot. The finish is that of lime zest and juice, ending on lemon sherbet. It even prickles the tongue slightly.
It is unlike any botrytis wine I have tried. And this, is by far one of the best. It is nearly good enough to quaff on its own. However, to be slightly more dignified, I suggest since it is a dessert wine, pair it up with vanilla or vanilla and honey ice-cream, or a crème brulee. It will couple up with these nicely. When it comes to dessert wines, they are always going to be sweeter than the dessert. So now you can get an idea of how sweet this wine is going to be!
Will this wine age? Yes it will age in the bottle, but nothing that is going to be overly significant like the big dry reds, but yes it will keep for some time if it is kept chilled and there will be small changes to its characteristics.
Although I am not a sweet-toothed person; there is no denying that this is a seriously impressive dessert wine.
Drink: Now – 2020
The SA Wine Guy