Forget everything you know about dessert wine and try this Coonawarra Autumn Harvest Botrytis from The Poplars Wines.
This 10 year old is just hitting its “sweet” spot and displaying all that is good about Botrytis Chardonnay.
Back in 2008, the fruit was left to hang of the vines until the very end of harvesting with picking occurring in May.
That’s a long time between drinks!
This extended time on the vine allowed for the noble rot to set in and concentrate the sugar in the berries to a high level.
The fruit was then hand picked and whole bunch pressed, before undergoing cold fermentation.
The fermentation was then arrested early with the sugar and alcohol added back to create the final blend with sugar measured at 202 g/l.
Coonawarra Autumn Harvest Botrytis tasting notes
The cellaring potential of this Coonawarra Autumn Harvest Botrytis is huge and will keep developing with age but we think you’d be not just forgiven but congratulated for grabbing a cheeky dozen now and treating yourself to meals with sweet, happy endings.
The golden straw colour of this dessert wine is matched on the nose by notes of candied pear and apricots with hints of citrus peel.
On the palate, prepare for luscious mouthfeel with with apricots, mandarin and white peach.
And, in a truly stylish way, the fruit sweetness is balanced by a refreshing finish.
This Coonawarra Autumn Harvest Botrytis will match perfectly with fresh walnuts, blue cheese, fois gras, poached fruit, flourless orange and almond cake or slow cooked quinces.