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2010 d'Arenberg Dessert & Ice Wine "The Noble Wrinkled Riesling"

d'Arenberg 2010 The Noble Wrinkled Riesling

Winery: d'Arenberg

Vintage: 2010

Wine Name/Vineyard: "The Noble Wrinkled Riesling"

Wine Category: Dessert & Ice Wine

Grape blend: 100% Riesling

Bottle size: 375 ml

Region: McLaren Vale

State or country: Australia

Price: $20

Cases produced: 100

KWG Score: 92.3 (based on 3 reviews)

Ken's Wine Rating: Very Good+ (92)

Review date: August 16, 2013

Wine Review: This goldenrod colored dessert wine was the clear winner in our recent blind tasting. It opens with an apricot and honey like bouquet with a hint of peach, molasses and candle smoke. On the palate, this wine is full bodied, viscous, and pleasantly sweet. The flavor profile is a honey and mild apricot blend with a hint of brown sugar, golden raisin and fig. The finish remains sweet and fades away nicely. The panel suggested pairing this gem with Vermont sharp cheese and sliced green apples. Enjoy - KWGTP

Winemaker Notes: It’s a very pretty and lifted nose with fruit characters of fresh apple, mixed peel and rose petals with a spicy background of star anise, cinnamon sticks and a hint of white pepper. The palate is lively and floral with yellow citrus flowers, green mango and barley sugar. The acidity is linear and spans the whole palate balancing the natural sugar nicely. There are restrained mineral fruit tannins which add a lovely textural element. In it’s youth this wine is crisp and provides versatility when matching to a wide range of desserts. It works particularly well with elements containing fresh tropical fruits. As it ages it will take on a deeper colour and the flavour will develop further into the dried fruit spectrum making it a sensational match to strong cheeses.

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