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2014 De Bortoli Noble One (375ml)

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Arguably the country’s most impressive dessert style wine, 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: Expressive aromas of cumquats, nectarines, apricots, mandarin peel with integrated fresh vanillin oak.

Palate: A medley of Botrytis fruit flavours, citrus, stone fruit, a touch of butterscotch with a glace pineapple tang to a long alluring palate. A fine balance of oak, sweetness and acidity that gives finesse to a powerful Botrytis spectrum.

Vintage conditions: Showers of rain in late February along with cooler temperatures following a hot dry summer instigated the onset of Botrytis across the vineyards. Regular showers of rain in the ensuing weeks allowed the Botrytis to flourish with harvesting taking place over a couple of weeks during April.

Winemaking: The fruit for the 2014 Noble One was once again selected from the same vineyards that have a long and prodigious history of producing fine examples of Botrytis Semillon given the right weather conditions. With regular visits to the vineyard in the months leading up to the harvest, this allows us to closely track the degree of Botrytis development and determine the perfect time to pick the fruit. The essence of flavours produced from each vineyard having their individual traits, we harvest, ferment and mature each parcel separately. Then we blend together these components to capture the exotic beauty of Noble One Botrytis Semillon.

Cellaring: This wine will continue to prosper and develop comp.

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

Additional information: Suitable for Vegetarians.

Alc/vol: 10.0%

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2014 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.
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.
The Australian Wine Annual 2013
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
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
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.
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!
The Good Wine Guide
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
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
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
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
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
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

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