Grape Varietal: 100% Botrytis Semillon
Growing Region: Riverina, Australia
Owner / Winemaker: Darren De Bortoli

Darren like many wine enthusiasts is a fan of French Sauternes - and after graduating from Roseworthy he recognised the potential to make a dessert wine from grapes affected by ‘botrytis cinerea’ or ‘noble rot’ in the Riverina area, where his family winery is based.
The ‘Noble One’ botrytis dessert wine was first created by Darren at the family winery located in Bilbul, the state of Victoria, Australia back in 1982.

 

The ‘Noble One’ has gone on to be one of the most awarded wines in the world maintaining its position as Australia's benchmark dessert wine ever since. Selected vineyards are regularly assessed to determine the optimum harvest time for each parcel of fruit based on sugar content and the degree of botrytis.
Each vineyard is carefully hand-harvested and fermented separately at 13-15ºC. Fermentation can take from 3 weeks to 3 months. When fermentation is complete, the wine is clarified, stabilised and then transferred to either oak barrel or tank. Most of the parcels are matured in French oak barriques, 33% in new and 44% in one year old oak for 10 - 12 months with the remaining 23% left unoaked.
In the glass you have a bright golden colour. On the nose there are scents of citrus, quince, ripe nectarine and sweet apricots complemented with hints of well integrated vanilla oak notes. On the palate the wine is rich and luscious with layers of flavour including apricot, peach, honeycomb, citrus and subtle French oak. The wine is full, vibrant and finishes with a balanced tang of refreshing acidity.
This 2009 vintage 'Noble One' has 10.50% Alc/vol. Chill and serve at 8-10°C.

The wine is delectable, intense and succulent.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this summer season; and will cellar for another 8-10 years.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with fresh fruit desserts, rich, creamy cheesecakes, along with blue cheeses and light pastry desserts, enjoy.