Established in 1928 by Vittorio and Giuseppina De Bortoli, a couple who emigrated from Northern Italy to Australia, De Bortoli Wines is one of the larger family-owned wineries in Australia. Today, the third generation Darren De Bortoli is the managing director of the company. From its original home base in the Riverina region of New South Wales, De Bortoli has expanded its vineyard holdings to include sites in New South Wales’s Hunter Valley, as well as Victoria’sYarra and King Valleys. The cooler-climate areas of Victoria, such as Yarra Valley, are conducive to growing classic varieties like Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Viognier. In New South Wales, the vineyards in Riverina experience a warmer Mediterranean climate, which helps to produce one of the winery’s most noteworthy bottlings, Noble One, a botrytized Semillon dessert wine. For more information about the wines from this Australian producer, visit our De Bortoli wine reviews.
De Bortoli’s Noble One is as good as ever in 2007, offering intense botrytis, dried apricots, honey and bergamot in a sweetly unctuous style. Think of a Sauternes, but with more sugar and less alcohol. It should age well for 10 or more years.
This wine’s deep brassy color suggests honey, and the aromas of honey, dried apricots, vanilla and baking spices reinforce that suggestion of sweetness. On the palate, it delivers honeyed richness and a complex array of flavors balanced by decent acidity. It remains the standard bearer for Australian botrytis wines.
A top-notch effort, this is the sort of wine that should shatter existing stereotypes of Australian Shiraz. Savory notes of smoked meat and espresso combine with blackberry fruit and scents of violets, and while the wine is clearly concentrated, it weighs in at only 13% alcohol. Drink 2012-2020.
One of Australia’s most noted dessert wines does not disappoint: It’s medium-full in the mouth, with warming burnt sugar and meat aromas, which are followed up by apricot, peach and butterscotch flavors and a dry finish. Definitely has a buttery, oily quality to it, through and through. Needs no accompaniment to end a meal well. Imported by De Bortoli Wines USA Inc.
De Bortoli has made Noble One into one of Austrlia’s benchmark dessert wines through consistently strong efforts like the 2005. Scents of vanilla and cinnamon add layers of complexity to the dried apricot and orange marmalade flavors. Medium-bodied and sweet, with a long finish, pair it like you would any fine Sauternes.
The small amount of Viognier helps to fill out this wine’s mouthfeel, adding weight to the spice-driven flavors of cracked pepper, licorice, coffee and block olive. Finishes long and well structured, with a velvety texture to the tannins.
Made in a crisper, fresher style than many Viogniers, without the extreme aromatics of some, but possessing fine, complex pear and pineapple fruit alongside smoky-minerally notes. It’s medium-bodied and admirably focused, with a long, refreshing finish.
This wine shows its age in the dark coffee color rimmed with green. Dates and raisins provide the foundation for complex molasses and rancio notes that build on the finish, where enough citrusy notes provide balance to the syrupy-sweet flavors.