Chateau Haut-Bommes (French), hailing from the appellation Sauternes south of Bordeaux city – we brought this bottle back from France as a gift for our friend Paul. Opened this evening, unfortunately following a Semillon Botrytis!
Light straw coloured, very light but pungent bouquet – a perfumed scent with hints of honey. Very light body with a rather more intense follow through. Tastes of light citrus and (again) a light honey flavour with a slightly elevated acidity which slightly hits the mouth.
Followed by more of the Lovedale (Hunter Valley, New South Wales) gem, Tatler, and their consistently winning Semillon Botrytis simply called “The Sticky”. The beautiful dark gold colour is offset by a very subtle bouquet, the wine is a fruit sensation. Paul labelled it as so: “sweet, but not sickly.. but sweet enough to not appear watery or lack intensity”.
AWG heartily agrees! The Tatler ‘The Sticky’ Semillon Botrytis is certainly a winning combination of geography and craftsmanship. It does evoke a sense of ice wine-like qualities in terms of the depth of fruit and layers of flavour. If you enjoy a sweet wine which has strong fruit overtones, you may well enjoy a bottle (or more).
Hailing from the Riverina district in New South Wales, the “Noble Blend” Family Reserve comes from independent producer Lillypilly. Perhaps somewhat overshadowed by the more widely distributed De Bortoli “Noble One”, this dessert wine is a real surprise.
Firstly, we haven’t come across a Sauvignon Blanc Botrytis in a while, and this one was a real treat. The wine’s bouquet was a beautiful chain of sweet smelling fruits – in particular the characteristic passionfruit flavours associated with Sauvignon Blanc.
The wine presents with a beautiful rich golden colour, and a medium body. Very well balanced, the wine tastes of apricot/honey and a variety of sweet fruit, the sugar balance is very good, not too sugary or heavy and finishes with a nice tapering aftertaste.
If you like the De Bortoli “Noble One” line of dessert wines, AWG highly recommends you taste a bottle (or three) of this surprising dessert wine from Lillypilly.
Congratulations to the fine folks at Lillypilly for winning the following trophies at the 2011 International Sweet Wine Challenge:
- Trophy for International Sweet Wine of the Year ‐Lillypilly 2008 Noble Blend
- Trophy for Best Mature Sweet White, Other Varieties ‐Lillypilly2008 Noble Blend
- Trophy for Best Sweet Wine in Museum Class ‐Lillypilly 2002 Family Reserve Noble Blend