Thanks to Jason for this bottle. And consistent with my previous note. This does taste like an Aussie rendition of Sauternes. The fruit/flavor is a bit amped up, and there is plenty of spicy botrytis and acid to match the sweet fruit. I really enjoyed this wine.
Excellent QPR (but I got it as a closeout!). I thought this wine was a little disjointed. Other's at the tasting thought it was well balanced and had good acidity. For me, it was a little over the top on sweetness and did not show enough acidity to balance out the sugar, but I am hopeful that will change with age. I think the acid may be there, but the sugar was overwhelming it.
The wine was young, and color was between straw and gold (maybe like a light honey color, more toward yellow than orange). The texture was excellent, as the wine had nice legs that coated the glass and flowed slowly down. On the nose were the scents of honeysuckle, dried peached, orange rind and verbena. The palate was dominated by honey, burnt sugar and sweet cream, with hints of orange, tangerine and apricot. Some acid was present on the finish, but it was well hidden in the background.
This was a pleasant wine now, but I will wait on opening my remaining bottles. I could have scored this wine a point or two higher, but it paled next to the 2003 Sine Qua Non Nobleman served with it.
Appearance: Bright and clear, it has deep amber color, with watery rims and legs. Nose: Clean, with pronounced intensity of citrus fruit of mandarin orange and orange marmalade, stone fruit of apricot, tropical fruit of pineapple, dried fruit of raisin and cooked peach, oxidation notes of caramel, maturity notes of honey. The wine is developing. Palate: Sweet with high acidity, the wine has low alcohol and full body, demonstrating pronounced intensity of flavors including citrus fruit of orange peel and marmalade, stone fruit of apricot, dried fruit of raisin, maturity notes of honey, kernel notes of roasted almond. The wine has a long finish. Conclusion: Very good quality Australian botrytis Semillon, with a very intense nose of good complexity, the wine has high acidity to balance the sweetness, making it refreshing and showing a finesse. On the palate it is equally concentrated with also a long finish. It is ready to drink now though can further develop for another 10-15 years.
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