Sunday, July 5, 2009


 - South Australia
 - $14-$21
 - Screwcap
 - 10.5%alc

I last reviewed Woodstock's Semillon based 2005 Botrytis Sweet White in March 2007, finding it 'refreshingly light, vibrant and very tasty-92pts'. Despite being on store shelves for over two years it remains the current vintage, although it now brandishes a new bottle with redesigned label (the old bottle is pictured).

Now a golden/amber colour at four years old, it unfolds to honeyed aromas of orange peel, sultanas and apricot marmalade. Rather forward and viscous, the palate shows somewhat evolved flavours of oily, buttered grilled nuts and stonefruit/marmalade framed by tart acids, however, it lacks the drive and length which was imparted by clean, refreshing acidity when it was young.

O Woodstock's 2005 Botrytis Sweet White was a better, fresher drink two years ago, but it still makes a delicious accompaniment to any cheese platter. Drink now.
89 points

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