The combination of a warmer season and a higher than average rainfall in 2011 enabled us to hold the fruit on the vine and encourage the development of flavour-concentrating Botrytis cinerea. This small amount of wine was harvested at around 29° brix and subsequently processed with extraordinary care.
The extended maturation and shrivelling of the fruit on the vine bless this wine with a dark golden shine and intensely luscious aromas of mandarin and orange peel with lychee and honeydew. A powerful sug- gestion of canned apricots and/or pears offers a concentration of fruit expression only seen in this style of wine. Lemon verbena and crystalized ginger also offer the palate a sense of freshness, balance and length. It is hard to look past this glorious opulence now but I would suggest holding some stocks in the cellar for future evaluation.
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