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.