A Wine A Day – The Noble Botryotinia Fuckeliana Sauvignon Blanc 2011

What a name…UH?!?!

Australia, the land that has given us Kangaroos, is now also giving us wines; and they are WILD!

This botrytized wine is interesting for the price, and surely something different form the usual Sauternes and Tokaji.

If you are wondering, botrytized wines are:
Wines affected by Botrysis Cinerea (a rare and special fungal infection that under certain climatic circumstances can develop into a “noble” gray rot). The fungus attacks some of the grapes randomly, while still on the vines, and drys them. This causes the grape sugars to concentrate and produce wines with lower alcohol levels and higher sweetness.  

While surely missing the finesse of its two “big brothers” (Sauternes and Tokaji), this lusciously sweet wine is great to sip while eating gelato or when looking for a casual late evening treat pairing it with some medium body cheeses.

Low in alcohol (just over 10%), this late harvest sweet (VERY sweet –  194.5 g/L sugar content) wine is packed with flavors.

Tropical fruits (especially passion fruit), orange marmelade and an unfortunately not so high acidity to keep up with the minerality and herbacious hints are what you should expect from this wine. I find Botryotinia Fuckeliana overwelming when drinked by itself, but absolutely pleasant when paired with Asiago or Parmesan Cheese (36 months).

Overall a good wine definetely worth a shot considering its price point of around 20$.

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