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.