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2013 De Bortoli Noble One (375ml)

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Arguably the country’s most impressive dessert style wine, the De Bortoli Noble One should really be renamed the trophy magnet for it's prolific pulling power amongst wine judges. This decadent late picked style is the ultimate way to end a meal with some cheese preferably. It’s imbued with vivid aromas of marmalade, honey, vanilla and citrus rind that teases the olfactory senses into submission. One taste is a sensual feast of rich, layered magnificence, as citrus and stone fruit reveal themselves across a glossy, textured mouthfeel. It’s balanced by superb acids, before a finish of impeccable persistence.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Bright golden.

Bouquet: Alluring aromas of citrus marmalade, quince and vanilla bean with attractive oak.

Palate: A medley of quince, fig, honey, crème brulee and citrus marmalade with a refreshing acidity which offsets the richness and lusciousness to give a deftly balanced finish. Nutty oak adds to the tactile layers of this wine adding to the impressive length and style.

Vintage conditions: 2013 started out hot and dry but rains at the end of February followed by warm days enabled the onset of Botrytis in the vineyard. More showers in the latter half of March ensured that the Botrytis was able to weave its magic through the vineyards. Harvesting began on the 11th April and was completed in just over a week.

Winemaking: Vineyards with a pedigree for producing fine Botrytis wines were selected for the 2013 Noble One. Each vineyard is closely monitored to ensure harvest takes place when the Botrytis flavours and sweetness levels are in harmony, creating a rich and opulent wine. Each vineyard has it own unique flavour profile, so we harvest, ferment and mature each parcel of fruit separately to maximise the different layers and nuances that are the hallmark of Noble One wines. French oak barriques for 12 months, 32% new, 56% one and two year old with 12% un-oaked.

Cellaring: Perfect to enjoy now or can be cellared for 20+ years.

Food match: This fruit driven style matches well with:
Creamy desserts - panacotta; trifle
Fruity desserts - poached pears and mascarpone cream; lemon tart
Cheese plates - blue and washed rind cheeses, fig or dried fruits

Alc/vol: 10.4%

expert reviews about

2013 De Bortoli Noble One (375ml)

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2013 Vintage) says
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.
95
Huon Hooke (2013 Vintage) says
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.
2016 - 2021
92
Mike Bennie (2013 Vintage) says
Surprisingly deep golden-orange colour. Toffee, ripe apple, banana bread, mandarin, ginger biscuits, faint metallic edge, candle wax and honeycomb scents. Complex, rich perfume, but not fully perfect pleasure, something keeping me on edge. Lush, sumptuous mouthfeel with slick, oily, mouth coating texture. Liquified orange marmalade, toffee licks, apricot cream, vanilla, ginger; this is what comes to mind. Again, a little metallic tang and acidity pokes out through the finish. It feels complex, rich, luscious, and most will love it for that, but to sit down and think over it, it’s not as composed or excellent as some years. Still, it’s quite the experience.
2015 - 2025
91
James Halliday (2010 Vintage) says
Mid orange, green hue; a hedonistic bouquet of apricot jam, biscuit dough, cinnamon and clove; the palate is extremely sweet, unctuous and long, with the caramel sugar lingering for a staggeringly long time.
To 2017
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
94
Jeremy Oliver (2010 Vintage) says
Rather evolved and toasty, this oaky and relatively uncomplicated expression of this wine has a pungent, spicy and smoky bouquet of toffee apple and creme brulee backed by notes of cloves and cinnamon. It's very intense and luscious, with a molasses-like note beneath its candied and quite toasty presence of raisined, syrupy fruit. Not for the long term.
2015-2018
The Australian Wine Annual 2014 Edition
92
Jeremy Oliver (2009 Vintage) says
A very fine and pristine expression of this signature wine that retains elegance, freshness and focus despite its extraordinary levels of concentration and intensity. Its faintly smoky, waxy bouquet of melon, orange rind, vanilla oak and brioche opens slowly, while its luscious and supremely intense palate marries lustrous flavours of stonefruit, melon and citrus with toasty undertones of nougat and creme caramel. It finishes with remarkable length and a finely balanced acidity.
2017-2021+
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
95
Mike Bennie (2009 Vintage) says
It's a brighter, 'lighter' Noble One, yet shows inherent concentration. There's a crispness in the fringes that aids drinkablitly. There's a touch of spicy oak floating around the mouth and a lick of lime juice finishs the wine's satiny profile. Then there's residual honeyed characters rolling around the palate for ages. Impressive.
Australia's Wine Business Magazine February
94
Tyson Stelzer (2009 Vintage) says
Celebrating its 30th birthday last year, Noble One holds its position among benchmark Australian botrytis semillon, and the 2009 release is outstanding. Its bright, golden honey hue announces glorious aromas of cumquat marmalade, apricot jam and vanilla, with just a hint of savoury reduction. The palate is unctuous, with toffee, creme brulee and apricot jam, delightfully enlivened by a bitter tangelo zest freshness on a very long and honeyed finish.
2013 - 2024
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95
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
Noble One has long established itself as the best Botrytis Semillon in Australia, and this vintage simply reinforces that reputation; luscious fruit, oak and acidity all play their part on the extremely long and complex palate.500ml.
To 2019
Australian Wine Companion 2014 Edition
96
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Bright yellow-gold; the vast experience of De Bortoli with this style results in a wine with the rich, opulent and sweet fruit balanced by the acidity missing from lesser wines; cumquat, mandarin, honey and vanilla are all part of the package. 375 ml.
To 2014
Australian Wine Companion 2011
95
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
De Bortoli does it again, living up to its reputation as the country's most thrilling sweet semillon. It's a celebration of dried apricot, honey, toffee, crème brûlée and marmalade but it really comes into its own in the way that it balances its unctuous complexity with its fresh, clean, long palate.
95
Jeremy Oliver (2008 Vintage) says
Long, very luscious and concentrated, with a spicy, almost varnishy bouquet of apricot, peach and honey with spicy understones of cinnamon, cloves and ginger, a hint of creme caramel and tightly integrated fresh vanilla oak. Unusually oily and viscous - even by the standard of this wine - it’s unctuous presence of stonefruit, tangerine and tropical fruits extends with pleasing length, finishing with fresh, zesty acids and a lingering core of flavour.
The Australian Wine Annual
93
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Getting more refined each year with orange blossom and intense tropical botrytis aromas with syrupy luscious apricot peach flavours. 375ml
2017
Australian Wine Vintages
92
Nick Stock (2008 Vintage) says
Simply a marvellous wine that has delivered so consistently over nearly thirty years, this has deep golden colour in the glass and smells of rich marmalade and dried apricot, with nutty nuances and cumquat rind. The palate's dense yet beautifully balanced, built in layers of texture and rich citrus flavour, yet finishing with impressive balanced style. A triumph!
Now
The Good Wine Guide
96
Nick Stock (2007 Vintage) says
This is an exotic, noble one with Moroccan spices and gentle citrus and nectarine fruit aromas, semi-dried apricots too. Very ripe and weighty palate with plenty of orange and cumquat citrus flavour, like liquid marmalade, finishing with strong botrytis flavour, some marzipan to close.
The Penguin Good Australian Wine Guide 2010 2009
93
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Brilliant green-gold; has all the luscious intensity expected, ranging through citrus, cumquat and vanilla bean, yet is not over the top. Its best features are its balance, line and extreme length, similar to that of the '02.375 ml.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
95
Jeremy Oliver (2007 Vintage) says
A remarkably complete and complex, smooth, polished and luscious dessert wine whose delicate floral perfume of fresh citrus, pineapple and other tropical fruits reveals nutty, brioche-like undertones. It's long, sweet and searingly concentrated; a truly exorbitant and full-blown wine with exceptional elegance and balance that finishes with freshness, tightness and focus.
Australian Wine Annual 2010 2009
95
Rob Geddes MW (2007 Vintage) says
Getting more refined each year with orange blossom and intense tropical botrytis aromas with syrupy luscious apricot peach flavours.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
90
Tyson Stelzer (2007 Vintage) says
"The 25th vintage is a cracking rendition of Australia's most famous Botrytis Semillon. Citrus zest, peach and apricot freshness offset its honeyed, crème brûlée richness. The balance of tight acidity and sweetness is spot on."
WBM Magazine 2009
95
Louise Radman (2006 Vintage) says
Luscious apricot nectar, orange marmalade, yellow peach tea, sugared almond & creamy vanilla bean oak. Hyper-concentrated & super sweet with syrupy opulence & lasting flavour. Australia's benchmark sweet wine style
91
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Very intense botrytis characters, with marmalade, peaches and cream and just a little hint of spice; very long and very sweet.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
94
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
Australia's benchmark botrytis semillon is alive and well in the '06 vintage, showing plenty of dried apricot, lime rind and candied cumquat aromas. The palate rolls smooth and deep, very polished, juicy and intense, peach fruits here, lime through the finish, gentle grilled nuts close it off; fresh, intense and impeccably balanced.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
96
Jeremy Oliver (2006 Vintage) says
A top-class effort whose lavish, luxuriant expression of concentrated fruit, tightly knit oak and refreshing acidity combine to give it rare shape, structure and vinosity in wines of this style. A luscious, syrupy and soft-cushioned expression of lemon, stonefruit, honey and marmalade moves seamlessly down the palate, finishing with a gentle, but pronounced punctuation and focus.
Australian Wine Annual 2009 2008
95
Tyson Stelzer (2006 Vintage) says
"This is a fantastic vintage for Noble One. It's packed with toffee, honey, lemon butter, sweet spices and dried fruit, and yet it's fresh and zesty. The interplay between its fresh acidity, honeyed and sweetness and crème brûlée smoothness gives it a real sense of poise and dignity. Noble, indeed."
WBM Magazine 2009
92
Rob Geddes MW (2006 Vintage) says
Getting more refined each year with orange blossom and intense tropical botrytis aromas with syrupy luscious apricot peach flavours. 375ml
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
94
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
A rich, round, bordering on fleshy, basket of tropical fruit flavours plus a dash of honey; oak totally absorbed; acidity spot-on.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
94
Jeremy Oliver (2005 Vintage) says
Forward and candied, with typically luscious and marmalade-like flavours of cumquat and apricot, | melon and lemon rind over suggestions of toast and toffee, it's luscious, rich and concentrated. Sweet and syrupy, backed bya lick of fine, powdery texture, it finishes with refreshing acids and smoky undertones. Rather developed; a shorter-term style.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
90
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Getting more refined each year with orange blossom and intense tropical botrytis aromas with syrupy luscious apricot peach flavours. 375ml
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
87
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Green-gold; intense citrus, cumquat, honey and peach on a long, lingering palate; perfect acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
95
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Very oaky and quite varnishy, this very sweet dessert wine offers concentrated and mouthfilling flavours of citrus and melon backed by nuances of wheatmeal, honey and pastry. It's luscious and creamy, but also quite cloying, finishing with oaky rawness. A little awkward, and lacking its usual finesse.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
89
Rob Geddes MW (2004 Vintage) says
Getting more refined each year with orange blossom and intense tropical botrytis aromas with syrupy luscious apricot peach flavours. 375ml
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
87
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Deliciously intense; perfect fruit, sugar and acid balance to cumquat, lime and lemon rind and peach fruit; interesting alcohol level.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
94
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
A candied fragrance of sweet apricots, creme caramel, citrus and vanilla oak precedes a unctuous and honeyed palate of length and lusciousness. It's toasty and slightly cooked, but presents concentrated and buttery fruit with plenty of sweetness. It finishes long, clean and juicy, thanks to a refreshing finish of lemon drop-like acids.
Australian Wine Annual 2006 2005
92
Jeremy Oliver (2002 Vintage) says
Luscious, concentrated dessert wine with pungent, honeyed and buttery aromas of quince and cumquat, melon and apricot. Deeply concentrated, its lavish, opulent palate offers length and viscosity, delivering vibrant, spotlessly clean flavour and sweetness before a refreshingly clear finish. Great richness and balance.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
96
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
In style heartland; luscious apricot, cumquat and honey offset by lingering, balancing acidity.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
94
Rob Geddes MW (2002 Vintage) says
Getting more refined each year with orange blossom and intense tropical botrytis aromas with syrupy luscious apricot peach flavours. 375ml
Australian Wine Vintages 2010
85
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Glowing gold; archetypal, complex cumquat, honey, citrus and honeycomb; balancing acidity and subtle oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
94
James Halliday (2000 Vintage) says
Glowing yellow-green; the spotlessly clean bouquet has neatly balanced citrus fruit and oak, the palate still tight, long and lingering. The best makers of this style of wine are working hard to build in longevity; this is a case in point, because the corollary is that such wines are less flashy at the very start of their life.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
93
James Halliday (1998 Vintage) says
Brilliant, glowing yellow-green; a rich, complex and luscious bouquet with butterscotch, citrus and subliminal oak is followed by a lively, fresh, peach, honey and lemon-flavoured palate; perfect acidity on the finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2001 2001
96
James Halliday (1997 Vintage) says
Bright, light yellow-gold; the bouquet has slightly unusual honey and candle wax aromas over citrus fruit. The palate is very long, with excellent acidity, and still evolving and developing; tasted very early in its life, and the points may prove to be too low.
Australian Wine Companion 2000 1999
92

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