HOW’S IT TASTE?
Layers of intense botrytis fruit including citrus, marmalade, a touch of butterscotch with attractive vanillin oak and a deftly balanced finish of sweetness and acidity.
A superb example of the De Bortoli style, delivering artful balance and brightness. It’s pungent and heavily botrytised, with a marmalade-like bouquet of honey and creme caramel backed by sweet vanilla oak. Very concentrated and luscious, it’s long and viscous, with pristine flavours of white peach, apricot, melon and grapefruit and citrus finishing with delightful balance, persistence and lemony acidity.
JAMES HALLIDAY – HALLIDAY’S WINE COMPANION
Some colour deepening, but still bright; De Bortoli remains the best Australian producer of this style, but the world has moved on from the glory days when critics raved about the wine, eagerly awaiting each release. This is still a luscious and perfectly balanced wine. 500ml.
The nose here is delicious with dried pineapple, papaya, treacle tart, honeyed elements, a touch of mushroom complexity and a hint of toasted oak. Full-bodied, medium sweet and long on the finish. Very refined and well made. Screw cap.
HUON HOOKE – THE REAL REVIEW
The full amber colour is very forward-developed. The bouquet is also forward and seems fully mature, with marmalade and barley sugar aromas, while the palate is high in sweetness but somewhat clumsy and disjointed, with some tannin grip. There’s no doubt about the botrytis, the volume of flavour or sweetness, but it’s a little short on finesse.