I’m not a dessert wine drinker. Rarely would be seen drinking a sticky and it’s a shame as there are some amazing things out there. Topaque (formerly known as tokay), Muscat and Botrytis affected (also Cordon-Cut). It’s a confusing world of techniques that one really doesn’t need to know, just remember your preferred style. Botrytis is more famous style, made popular and mainstream by such heavy weights as Chateau de d’Yquem, France and De Bortoli Noble One, Riverina.
And here comes the age of Lillypilly! (At least I hope so as it so richly deserves the honour!)
Chateau de d’Yquem is a Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc blend affected by the noblest of rots, botrytis cinerea. Noble One is a straight Semillon. Lillypilly is blend of four grapes and for that it does get the extra complexity. It is lusciously sweet, with apricots and lighter honey notes, fresh honeycomb straight from the hive, some citrus notes and amazingly well balanced acidity. Because for me, that’s where the dessert wines fall down hard – too sticky.
I drank a bottle of this without realising. The problem? The bottle ran out.
Do yourself a favour buy some because I definitely will be stocking up on this.
TROPHY International Sweet Wine Challenge 2011 Griffith
DOUBLE GOLD 5 Nations Wine Challenge 2011 Sydney
GOLD Winewise Small Vigerons Awards 2011 Canberra
GOLD Mundus Vini, Germany 2011
TOP 100 Sydney International Wine Competition 2011
BLUE GOLD Sydney International Wine Competition 2011
25 Trophies & 28 Gold Medals in all