DE BORTOLI NOBLE ONE 375ML
For more than 20 years Noble One, which was created by a youthful Darren De Bortoli in 1982, has been regarded as Australias benchmark dessert wine. Darren, a great fan of French Sauternes recognised the potential to make a dessert wine from grapes affected by botrytis cinerea or Noble Rot in the Riverina, where the family wine company is based. The wine created a sensation when it was released and has become one of worlds most highly awarded and sought after wines.
I have no problems in placing the De Bortoli sauternes alongside Penfolds Grange Hermitage, the great north-east Victorian fortified mucats and tokays, the 20-year-old Lindemans semillons, the similarly aged Leo Buring Rhine rieslings, and the best Petaluma chardonnays, as Australia's greatest winestyles. James Halliday
Possibly Australia's most famous sweet white wine, and with good reason. Since its inception it has won a swag of awards and trophies. It's a complex and luscious wine that is beautifully balanced by a crisp finish. Voyeur Magazine, January 2007
Not hard to see why this wine has won more than 100 trophies in its show history. This one is richly botrytised. Typical marmalade, apricot and honey with fresh citrus plus a little vanillin creaminess. Very long and persistent with crisp acid to finish. Ray Jordan, West Australian, 8 September 2007
A rich, round, bordering on fleshy, basket of tropical fruit flavours plus a dash of honey: oak totally absorbed: acidity spot-on. 94 Points; James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2008