Hermits Botrytis Semillon 2011

De Bortoli, Hermits Hill Botrytis Semillon, Riverina, New South Wales, Australia, 2011

This wine: varietal semillon, screw cap closure, 10.5% abv, widely available, 375ml, £9 (2016)

Consumer tasting note: a good botrytised nose of thick orange marmalade, super-ripe yellow peach and tropical fruit and just a (pleasant) hint of volatile acidity; perfectly judged balancing acidity with the sweet character, strong and concentrated flavours of ripe pineapple, mango and yellow peach, a long length almost perfectly cleansed by the balancing acidity.

WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity amber, showing tears.

Nose: clean, medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas as they come, of rich strong thick cut orange marmalade, with the merest hints of VA and toast, cut dried citrus, touch of mango, honeyed over-ripe yellow peach, butterscotch.

Palate: sweet, medium acidity, medium (-) alcohol, a full body, a smooth almost oily texture with a trivial grip, pronounced intensity, with flavours of ripe pineapple, mango, over-ripe papaya, over-ripe yellow peach, baked orange. A long length with a clean ripe pineapple and yellow peach finish.

Quality: very good, with balancing acidity with sweetness to keep the whole fresh and cleanse the palate after spitting; strong flavour concentration with some complexity from botrytised fruit and time in old oak and bottle, following into a long length.

Drinking readiness/ageing potential: can drink now, but has potential for ageing, for say up to 5 years, during which time a nutty dimension may develop.

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