Hermits Botrytis Semillon 2009

De Bortoli, Hermits Hill, Botrytis semillon, Riverina, NSW, Australia, 2009

Varietal semillon, created from grapes affected by noble rot (botrytis cinerea), increasing wine viscosity and so body, sweetness and complexity; natural cork closure, 11% abv, 375ml, £9, M&S

WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, deep intensity gold, showing tears

Nose – clean on the nose, pronounced intensity, developing, with rich slightly high-toned aromas of orange marmalade, caramelised orange, over-ripe yellow peach, over-ripe pineapple and warm stewed stone fruit, with a hint of spice and warm liquorice, and hints of butterscotch and orange boiled sweets.

Palate – a sweet wine, medium acidity, medium (-) alcohol, a full body, medium (+) intensity, a smooth oily texture with a low-key grip, with flavours of warm concentrated orange juice, warm orange marmalade, over-ripe apricot and yellow peach, with hints of sloppy over-ripe pawpaw. A long length with a clean palated orange marmalade finish.

Quality – a very good quality wine, with perfectly balanced cleansing acidity to handle the residual sugar and rich botrytised favours. Intense and concentrated aromas and flavours, on a smooth viscous mid-palate, follow through to the long flavourful length. Shows some complexity, with room for further deepening and evolution of flavour.

Readiness for drinking/potential for ageing: ready to drink now, this wine has the balance and characteristics to improve, developing deeper flavours over 3-5 years.

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