d’Arenberg The Noble Mud Pie 2011

Wine Lady d'Arenberg The Noble Mud Pie

The Noble Mud Pie 2011, another wine from The Noble series of d’Arenberg sweet wines, is not as good as The Noble Wrinkled which I wrote about last week, but comparing to other botrytis wines I’ve tasted so far in Australia it is a very good wine and I think it is worth to share my tasting notes with you.


Wine Lady dArenberg The Noble Mud Pie 2011


The colour of the wine in the glass is seducing – gold and yellow with white and lemon hues with a thick and sticky structure. The aroma is strong and sweet. In the bouquet you can find apricots, mirabelles, lots of fresh apples and lots of honey with a hint of… pumpkin.

In the mouth The Noble Mud Pie 2011 is intense, full, sticky and rich. There’s lots of honey and apple flavours on the palate with some a hint of quince. The Noble Mud Pie is luscious with thin alcohol strength, round and heavy structure and very cloying consistency. The finish is solid and lingering with honey and red apple flavours. I liked the wine and it has a beautiful honey and quince aftertaste although I think it lacks a bit of freshness and acidity in the mouth. I am sure it will taste amazing with blue cheese or Swiss-style cheese!


Wine Lady d'Arenberg The Noble Mud Pie


As the back label of the Noble Mud Pie 2011 says:

“Winemaker Chester Osborn confesses to never having really gronw up. He’s still making mud pies, concoctions of mushy ingredients using the earth, water and sun. The only difference is that people are now buying them. The wonderfully fragnant varieties of Viognier, Marsanne and Pinot Gris combine in this sweet and sticky wine that makes the perfect accompaniment to dessert or cheeses. The conditions in 2011 were conductive to producing incredibly sweet Botrytis wines evidenced by the intnse colour, which co-incidentally is not unlike a mud pie…”


Let’s listen to Chester Osborn talking about his The Noble Mud Pie 2011 wine: (You Tube license)


THE NOBLE MUD PIE 2011 wine details:

Wine – The Noble Mud Pie
Country – Australia
Region – South Australia
Appellation – McLaren Vale
Vintage – 2011
Grape varieties – Viognier, Marsanne, Pinot Gris
Producer – d’Arenberg (read more)
Distributor / Importer – nd
Winemaker – Chester Osborn, Jack Walton
Vineyards – vineyards in McLaren Vale
Soils – nd
Style and type – still; white, botrytis – sweet
Alcohol – 8,2%
Barrel ageing – nd
Cellaring – yes
Price range – 20$ (375ml)
Others – RS 270.5 g/l; TA 11.6; pH 3.55;
Tasting date – March 2015; d’Arenberg, McLaren Vale, Australia

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