#13-89. Slight signs of seepage; moderately dry cork. Almost on the verge of amber. Textbook nose of aged riesling, with a very strong note of botrytis, almost to the extent of a SQN Noble Man. On top of that, there's a good whiff of petrol. Definitely a wine with broad shoulders; the palate packs quite a punch. A very powerful streak of acidity dominates the palate, with some faint flavours of stewed peaches in the background. There is a hint of sweetness, but this leans towards the drier side of an auslese.
NobleRottersSydney - Old riesling night (Lucio's, Paddington): Haag’s effort is a darker straw/yellow colour. There is a little petroleum on the nose here, along with dried leaves. The palate has a bronzed sweetness to it, a rich, velvet, but fresh texture – and terrific length. Unusual to find a wine where the palate delivers far more than the nose promises. Barely an oxidative note to find here either. Much better then the previous bottle two years ago. Wonderful, but unlikely to improve – getting towards the end of its maturity plateau, I think.
NobleRottersSydney - German night (Lucio's, Paddington): (cork, 8.5%, AP 6 89) The Auslese is another step up [from Kabinett] – a slightly deeper yellow, the nose also showing a hint of vanilla (?). It’s remarkably similar to the Kabinett – at this age the changed balance of sweetness/alcohol is not really noticeable. Perhaps the Auslese simply has an extra degree of intensity beside it’s humbler brother. A very attractive wine indeed, although my enthusiasm was tempered a little by discovering that it cost the extortionate sum of A$65 in 1989. That’s serious money!
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