|Wine||De Bortoli “The Noble One”|
|Wine Maker||Darren De Bortoli|
Good evening wine lovers. Tonight, I venture interstate to bring you another dessert wine; this time from New South Wales. In the past I have looked at Botrytis Riesling’s from D’Arenberg, this evening I am doing the same with the noble rot, but this time coming from the Semillion Grape. A white grape that is world renown in the Hunter Valley region of NSW.
I wanted to personally give a review to their 2011 vintage of the Noble One, which when I tested it as part of a wine course was a wine that was quite exceptional from a dessert wine perspective. I thought it deserved a proper review.
This wine is brightly golden and almost bullying amber in colour, after time spent away cellaring.
Aroma: Quince, nectarine, apricot and orange zest work away effortlessly. Marmalade spice and black tea round out this wine in the glass.
Palate: Soft, but rich and dense in flavour. Not as overly sweet as a Botrytis Riesling, this wine promotes marmalade spice in a blend of apricot nectar. Nuances of macadamia nuts bullies away with black tea tannin, which brings around a great length to this wine. It finishes off with apricot sweetness blended in with the fine acidic nature of marmalade and the associated spices that go along with it.
Peronal Thoughts: A really beautiful wine. Not too sweet and over-powering, this wine does indeed showcase a brilliant balance in dessert wines. There is a generous level of sweetness to this wine, but there is spice, and sedate savoury flavour of tea that works on the finish of this wine that makes it all that little more elegant. 2011 in Australia was generally a cooler year across the board, and this wine, although as sweet as it is, really benefited from the cooler weather which allowed the savoury flavours and acid balance to play a part in rounding out this wine
Drink: Now – 2030
The SA Wine Guy