With rational principles and credible ranges such as Deen De Bortoli, Windy Peak and Sacred Hill (and even Gulf Station on a good day!), De Bortoli is fashioning one of Australia's best collections of quaffing wine. Their beautifully affordable Vat 5 Botrytis Semillon is sometimes referred to as 'poor man's Noble One'.
The 2006 Vat 5's fragrance of lemon/orange citrus and apricot is presented in a marmalade-like fashion, with hints of confectionary nuts and sweet pastry providing further interest. Light to medium in weight, the palate contains a similar flavour profile to its aroma but with a touch more oak evident. Its finish is marked by an accentuating sweetness and toasty characters, which grip the back palate without compromising too much in the way of freshness.
ü Just as you'd expect from De Bortoli; a well made, genuine sweet wine which is value plus. Drink to 2011.