It was rather interesting tasting one of Australia’s most famous dessert wines against a “clean skin” of the same variety. Although I do not usually support “clean skin” wines since you do not know what you are getting, and I like to support individual producers who are doing interesting things, this particular clean skin was certainly not embarrassed by its esteemed company.
De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis Semillon (Australia)
A rather rich nose, with an intense, and well structured, fragrance of apricots. A palate with length, apricots, sweet nectarines and sugary caramel. Very good. 90 points.
Dan Murphy’s Private Bin Botrytis Semillon (Australia)
An aroma of light nectarines and apricot kernels. A similar palate. Behind, but not far behind, the “Noble One” at one third of the price. 86 points.