The Noble Wrinkled is the first sweet wine of the huge d’Arenberg portfolio I’ve had opportunity to taste and I am still impressed with its freshness and balance! The wine in the glass was gold and syrupy. The aroma was fresh and intense with green apple, sweet red apple, green pepper, matches and honey.
In the mouth The Noble Wrinkled Riesling 2011 is viscous and sticky, but very fresh. The structure is solid and layered, the body is medium and the alcohol is warm. On the palate there are apple, mirabelle and green plum flavours with lots of strong lemon freshness. The finish is sweet and long with honey and citrus flavours. Lively acidity is beautifully balanced with distinct sweetness and the lemon-like flavours gives the fresh impressions on the palate.
This is what I found written on the back label of this wine if it comes to the story behind the name of The Noble Wrinkled:
“The name of this wine is inspired by the look of the grapes in their dehydrated state. Over two decades on from the first d’Arenberg Noble Riesling we have decided to give this wine an alias, as it has now been joined by a number of other sticky wines under the Noble name. Although ideal for immediate consumption well chilled, this wine will gain added complexity with bottle age”.
However, I still don’t know how the botrytis grapes are made at d’Arenberg’ as I haven’t got the satisfying answer from the crew, apart from “the same way as in France” – the reason I do not believe in it is that –as far as I know and as far as I’ve been told by McLaren Vale winemakers – it is hardly possible to have a natural botrytis in there regarding the weather conditions needed to botrytis cinerea to appear on the berries. All of other producers in McLaren Vale I talked to made their botrytis-like wine spraying the fungus on the grapes. It still is a small mystery for me how d’Arenberg really makes it botrytis wine :) At the same time it is my must-to-find-out for my next visit to McLaren Vale ;)
THE NOBLE WRINKLED RIESLING 2011 wine details:
Wine – The Noble Wrinkled
Country – Australia
Region – South Australia
Appellation – McLaren Vale
Vintage – 2011
Grape varieties – Riesling 100%
Producer – d’Arenberg (read more)
Distributor / Importer – nd
Winemaker – Chester Osborn, Jack Walton
Vineyards – Riesling vineyards in McLaren Vale
Soils – nd
Style and type – still; white, botrytis – sweet
Alcohol – 10%
Barrel ageing – nd
Cellaring – yes
Price range – 20$ (375ml)
Others – RS 189.5 g/l; TA 10.5; pH 3.39;
Tasting date – March 2015; d’Arenberg, McLaren Vale, Australia