De Bortoli make perhaps the finest botrytis Sémillon in Australia, and even this version is a pretty tasty drop. The dried apricot aromas also fold in scents of paraffin, honey, cinnamon and clove, giving it unusual complexity, while the flavors are sweet but balanced by just-adequate acidity. Not for aging, but this is luscious now and over the next few years.
It’s not easy to find bargain-priced stickies, but this offering from De Bortoli is a solid attempt. It’s like their Noble One Botrytis Sémillon, just dialed back a notch, with less oak and concentration, but still boasting dried apricot and candied pineapple flavors that end with a hint of orange rind.
The aromas and flavors are altogether pleasant ones, but don't stray far from honey, honeysuckle, honeycomb—all the honey you could want—dotted with a light, plastic-rubber note. It's a simple, straightforward approach that yields a good, but pretty predictable, sticky wine.