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Tonight we are going to review an unique wine, as it is a late harvest wine, that is made of botrytised riesling grapes. Botrytis, also called ‘Noble Rot’, is a type of fungus that shrivels and decays wine grapes, as a result, the grapes are dehydrated, thus increasing the sweetness level and flavor complexity to the resulting wine. This is a quite famous, but rare style of wine, in France (Sauternes), Hungary (Tokaji) and Germany, but enough theory, let’s get back to the wine we’ve selected for the review tonight – Ambrozia Riesling Noble Rot 2004 from Dionysos-Mereni.
Take a look at the tasting notes bellow and our detailed assessment of the wine:
Golden yellow color with some orange hues towards the rim.
The nose is strong, filled mostly with notes of jam, honey and overripe sweet fruits: honey, rubber, almonds, fall leaves, peach jam, dried apricot, polished wood, apricot jam, straw grass, soy sauce, korean carrot, wood mushroom, dust, mango, daffodil and some subtle hints of barnyard.
The wine is sweet, with moderate alcohol level, high acidity and smooth tannin. It tastes delicious, jammy and honeyed, like a summer fruit nectar. This is a thick and concentrated dessert wine, as it feels rich, zesty and a bit woody. The wine has a good overall balance with an extracted and quite complex mouth-feel.
The wine has a medium finish and a balanced, sweet and tart aftertaste.
This is definitely a great Wine of Moldova and the overall rating says the same, with 90.7 points scored it is right there, among the best wines we’ve tasted so far. Please click on the chart icon on the left in order to get to the wine rating page, where you can find all the wines we’ve tasted to date.
Conclusion: this is more of a nectar, than a wine, that is quite close to its prime form, maybe just a bit over its peak, thus no more bottle ageing recommended. This is definitely a drink now dessert wine – a summer elixir that will do great on its own, as an aperitif or paired with baked camembert cheese, vanilla-bean crème brûlée or some homemade apple pie. Noble rot wines are unique, trying one is a must for any wine enthusiast, as it is an experience you would not forget easily, we promise.
WineStatistics tasting results:
Riesling | Noble Rot | 2004
grape: | riesling |
overall rating: | 90.7 |
conclusion: great | a must try
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