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2011 D'Arenberg Dessert & Ice Wine "The Noble Botryotinia Fuckeliana"

Winery: D'Arenberg

Vintage: 2011

Wine Name/Vineyard: "The Noble Botryotinia Fuckeliana"

Wine Category: Dessert & Ice Wine

Grape blend: 100% Sauvignon Blanc

Bottle size: 375 ml

Region: Adelaide Hills

State or country: Australia

Price: $20

Cases produced: unknown

KWG Score: 90.6 (based on 3 reviews)

Average Virtual Score: 95 (based on 1 review)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (90)

Review date: November 16, 2014

Wine Review: This goldenrod colored dessert wine from d’Arenberg opens with a fragrant apricot and grapefruit bouquet. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, round and sweet. The flavor profile is rich and ripe apricot with hints of honey and tangerine. The finish remains sweet and its flavors linger nicely. This tasty dessert wine would pair well with sharp cheddar cheese. Enjoy – Ken

Winemaker Notes: A racy nose to start, citrus blossom, fresh grass and marmalade mix with tropical fruits and ripe, sweet passion-fruit. It’s an heady mix of complexity and decadence. The palate offers a spicy, zesty entry with the texture of lemon curd, all velvety and smooth with citrusy acid keeping it all in line. Layers of flavor keep on coming; including spicy orange cake, minerals and herbs. This wine is long, fine and direct and its acidity; spice tinged and mineral edged keep you coming back for more. Although delicious now, this wine will reward the patient if cellared well over the next five to ten years.

Organic status: not organic

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