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Thursday, 6 September 2012

Taylors Winemaker’s Project Botrytis Riesling 2011

The Taylors Winemaker’s Project is an opportunity for their winemakers to spread their wings a little.  To play with different styles, methods and techniques that push boundaries.

The rather fraught weather conditions of 2011 played their hand with this wine.  Grapes normally destined for Taylors flagship St Andrews Riesling developed botrytis cinerea, a fungi that basically removes water from the grape, leaving a higher concentration of sugar.

So, the result is an altogether aromatic profile, blossom, mandarin and peel.  It is actually quite delicate, some botrytis styles can be rather over-unctuous, this has hints of marmalade, and a creamy layered texture to it.   

Good acidity and a great finish.  Perfect for dessert, the rule of thumb is sweet with sweet, and your wine should be sweeter than the dessert served.  I’d suggest passionfruit pavlova.  92 – Very Good 

Source: Sample
Price: $22
Alcohol: 10%
Closure: Screwcap


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