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2006 De Bortoli Wines Semillon Noble One Botrytis New South Wales (half bottle)

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92 Points | International Wine Cellar , September/October 2009

($32; for 375 ml.) Deep yellow-gold. Lively aromas of tangerine and pear skin, with deeper apricot and mango notes gaining strength with air. Rich but lithe, with sweet pit fruit nectar and candied orange flavors and a suave floral honey quality. Silky, focused and spicy, with strong finishing lift and clarity. This would be great with washed rind or blue cheeses.

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Semillon

Semillon is a paradoxical grape, as much of its appeal stems from its susceptibility to rot. Sure, the idea of rot may conjure up nasty images, but in winemaking, rot isn't necessarily a negative. Grapes can be affected by two types of rot: grey rot and noble rot, also known as Botrytis. While the former is a destructive force, diminishing yields and making wines taste...
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