De Bortoli Deen Vat 5 Botrytis Semillon 2008 (Riverina, NSW)
10.5%, Screwcap, $14
See the gold medal on the label? Utterly deserved. Simply put, this is stupendous value. In fact, you could double the price of this wine and it would still be a fair price. A quick Google search reveals it can be picked up for just $10.45 a bottle too. Amazing.
A big, rich and full botrytis Semillon, this shares plenty of DNA with its older brother, Noble One. In fact, save for more intensity, this could be Noble One. It carries the same fullness of orange marmalade, tangerine fruit with creme caramel toffeed richness and loads of unctuous sweetness, the flavours softened and further enriched by bottle age.
It’s a huge, intense, super hero rich dessert wine, simple in its flavours and all about intensity, but impressive because of it. Lengthy. Great form. Simply juicy.
Score: 17.8/20 92/100
Would I buy it? Absolutely.