Wednesday, August 3, 2011


- Riverina, NSW
- $26-$35 (375ml)
- Screwcap
- 10.0%alc

Maybe I'm looking in the wrong places, but it seems to be taking an age for the 2008 vintage of Australia's premier dessert wine to reach Adelaide's retail shelves. Having said that, I thought I'd return to the excellent 2007 release, a wine which I recall first drinking almost 2 years ago.

With a little more bottle age under its belt now, the 2007 Noble One presents a lovely, big and bountiful nose, which opens up layers of aromatic bliss like an unfolding spring flower. A rich symposium of fresh nectarine, dried apricot and pineapple scents reside within, with additional fragrant complexity supplied by further suggestions of raisins, burnt butter, toffee and lemon zest. Stylistically, its scent is right on the money for the label, and so is its taste. Characterised primarily by its smoothness but also by its sheer volume, the palate is at once concentrated, sticky and silky, as its perfectly precise and bright blend of stonefruit and honey flavours are pushed seamlessly down the palate by its honeyed goodness, which accentuates itself with progression, issuing a wonderfully sticky hold alongside a persisting note of brulee to finish. Of course, the essential balancing act of length and refreshing acidity is present, making this one impressive, excessive Australian dessert wine.

ü+ Nearly 2 years on from my first encounter with it and the 2007 Noble One is really starting to hit its straps. It's not exactly a surprising wine, but it's always good to know De Bortoli is still nailing a style they first nailed 25 vintages previous. Drink to 2015.
94 points

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