On Sunday night we uncorked a bottle of 2002 Shiraz from Victorian producers, Dalwhinnie, which are located in the Grampians region. We’ve previously reviewed Dalwhinne wines, for example the 2001 vintage Shiraz.
We first tasted the 2002 Moonambel Shiraz over dinner in Melbourne back in 2008 at a tidy establishment in the Melbourne CBD called ‘The Deanery’. It was a splendid compliment to our meal back then, and the same vintage served over the weekend performed as admirably, perhaps even better.
Served alongside a healthy serving of roast lamb accompanied by roasted potatoes and vegetables, the wine was decanted for half an hour in a Riedel decanter and served in Riedel Vinum ‘Extreme’ Shiraz glasses.
The wine displayed a light bouquet, possibly requiring a bit longer to decant. The colour was a very, very dark purple/red (as you can see from the photos) and the wine itself was quite polished and tasted of hints of cloves, berries and a slight twist of chocolate. A very nice compliment to the lean lamb which was cooked to perfection.
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