2010 d' Arenberg The Noble Botryotinia Fuckeliana 375 ml

Year: 2010
Appellation: McLaren Vale
Country: Australia
Dessert Wine
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Semillon (77%) Sauvignon Blanc (23%)

Winery Notes:
Botryotinia fuckeliana is the scientific name for a certain type of mold, more affectionately known as ‘noble rot’ that affects fruit. Noble rot weakens the skin of the grape which causes the water in the berry to evaporate and leaves behind the sugar and nutrients. Paradoxically to the lewd sounding name, Botryotinia fuckeli-ana is an asexual spore, named after German botanist, Karl Wilhelm Gottlieb Fuckel.

Late harvesting took place by hand in small volumes when fruit flavors and the Botrytis was at an optimal point. The fruit was gently crushed before receiving a small amount of skin contact with the juice then separated out and basket pressed. Fermentation occurred in small tanks using neutral yeast to cope with the high natural sugar levels and to avoid dominating the fruit characters. The fermentation stopped naturally, retaining a considerable level of residual sugar.

There is a beautiful lemon butter character on the nose with a range of fruits including gooseberry, cumquat, green apple and mixed peel in the background. The palate is thick and luscious with a wonderful silky texture. The lemon butter character is even more dominant on the palate with a deeper layer of green mango, and hints of limecello. It’s wonderfully complex and indulgent with a subtle edge. This will be a very fun wine to match with a range of desserts, especially something with a citrus component such as a lemon and lime tart.