De Bortoli Noble One 2004 375mL

Australia, NSW, Griffith
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Like a citrus-loaded marmalade, this dessert wine is consistently one of Australia's finest examples of the style. The acidity and the sugar sweetness are not so much going blow for blow, but have formed a harmonious marriage. Opposites attract, and blossom. Ageing: five years is plenty. Ben Canaider, Sydney Morning Herald, 8 August 2006
Noble One continues to impress one vintage short of its 25th anniversary. The 2004 has undergone two important changes: the switch to screwcap (for those markets who want it) and the addition of 20 per cent un-oaked juice to the final blend. The result is a new level of aromatics that in a sense has allowed Noble One to trade some mid-palate weight for stunning vibrancy in the mouth. We love the big apricot, botrytised nectarine fruit, the layered spicy, orange marmalade flavours streaked with creamy, smoky, vanilla flecks. The finish is as crisp as ever and clean with plenty of honey, dried apricot, baked apple, melon, grapefruit and butter with a creamy vanilla, toasty fig finish. This should age gracefully for decades under screwcap. Fabulous value. 95 points Anthony Gismondi Vancouver Sun (Canada)
Full gold. Potent apricot, peach, floral honey and toffee aromas display more power than the 2005, with a brisk mineral quality adding energy. Fat, round and sweet but also lively, showing a range of candied pit fruit flavors and impressive depth. Plump, broad and impressively persistent sweet wine, with vanilla and baking spices clinging to the finish. At least as good as the 2005, but showing more power than finesse today. 92 points Josh Raynolds , Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar ( USA ), July/August 2007
Botrytised semillon with a whack of sexy aromatics like butterscotch, cloves, figs, mandarin peel and marmalade, the nuances revealed with every new sniff. On palate, complexities back off to an orange flower honey character and clean finish. 93 Points Tony Love, Adelaide Advertiser, 23 May 2007
The past few vintages of De Bortoli Noble One have been the best ever, a result of Darren De Bortoli's constant finetuning over more than 20 years. Peach, apricot, honey and mandarin peel spring to mind on the delectably intense, luscious nose. A dusting of high-quality oak doesn't intrude beyond a refined seasoning, and the slippery, lush palate has unctuous flavours balanced by brisk acidity. Truly fantastic. Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age, 8 May 2007
De Bortoli's Noble One showed complexity with sweet spice and ripe apricot notes - creamy and viscous but, most importantly, not too sweet. [Peter] Bourne described the 2004 as fantastic a wine style that has evolved over 20 years, showing a combination of really tight acid and flowing richness. A well-balanced wine, [Andrew] Caillard said, with [Nick] Bulleid praising its oak handling. Sophie Otton, Gourmet Traveller Wine, Feb/Mar 2007