d’arenberg The Noble Botryotinia Fuckeliana Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2015
Again, the Osborn family reminds us all to not take wine so seriously with a name that will make the uninitiated blush. They are known for catchy, sometimes really weird, names for their wines and this one is no different. Of course, there is a totally sane reason for such a seemingly irreverent name. Botrytis cineria or Noble Rot is part of the Botryotinia genus and without this particular mould this wine would not have its characteristic marmalade twist, nor its viscosity. Fuckeliana is a tip of the hat to one Karl Fuckel, a German botanist and mycologist.
The BF is an Adelaide Hills blend of two of the white Sauternes powerhouses, Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc. And at 231 grams per litre of residual sugar, it is indeed a luscious little sweetie featuring intense apricot, marmalade, ginger spice, honeysuckle and honeyed orange. The fresh hit of acid does its job of balancing that sweetness and ensures that it is not cloying in the mouth. The flavours last long enough after the wine has disappeared to provide a satisfying conclusion to a meal.
If you have not yet been introduced to a ‘dessert wine’ yet, this is a game changer. It will make a convert out of many a sceptic. If you are ready to give it a go, it will give a lift to a ripe, ripe brie served with some crisp fresh pear or I can recommend a fruit tart.
Quickie review «A luscious sweetie delivering intense fruit & spice that is almost good enough to forget the dessert.»
Country of Origin: Australia Date: November 2017 Price: AUD20 /GBP11 Drink: now – 5 years Needs food: no Source: sample