Semillon Riverina New South Wales
Unassailable as Australia's most eminent dessert wine, Noble One created an international sensation when it was released, it has become one of the most renowned marques in new world wine. Bespoke blocks of Semillon, grown to mature De Bortoli estate vineyards, are watched each year, as the vagaries of vintage determine whether conditions are present to Botrytise the grapes. The making of Noble One is never rushed, each vine represents an individual harvest, as the optimal day of picking may vary greatly from block to block and row to row.
Darren De Bortoli capitalized on the potential of his Riverina property to become affected by Botrytis cinerea or Noble Rot, a fortuitous confluence of sunshine and light rains, mildew and early morning mists. Candidate vineyards are assessed to determine the optimum harvest time for each parcel of fruit based on sugar content and the degree of botrytis. Each parcel is individually harvested and handled. Vinifications can last from three weeks to three months, as long as it takes. When ferments are complete, batches are clarified, stabilised and filtered. Most components are matured in a combination of new and one year old French oak barriques for a year, a portion remains unoaked. Alcohol 10.4%
Bright gold colour. Glorious aromas of quince, nectarine, orange zest and nutty vanillian oak. Sensual feasts of rich white stone fruits, citrus and marmalade flavours, supported by beautifully integrated, vanillan five spice oak. A spicy tang of acidity balances the sweetness of fruit, contributing an alluring freshness all along the palate. A vibrant, seemingly immeasurable, fruit filled finish.