Sunday Tasmanian - Tassie Living - - TASTE - Graeme Phillips

MOUNT AVOCA 2010 Cor­don Cut Sauvignon Blanc $ 24

Pyre­nees, Vic

10 per cent A pale gold colour with fresh melon and mild trop­i­cal fruit aro­mas and flavours en­riched by a touch of vanilla oak, leav­ing a soft and sweet­ish af­ter­taste faintly rem­i­nis­cent of pas­sion­fruit cus­tard – which would prob­a­bly be a good match.

PRESS­ING MAT­TERS 2009 R139 Ries­ling $ 26

Tea Tree, Tas

9.5 per cent A de­li­cious aged ries­ling nose and a rich and com­plex honeycomb palate fresh­ened and fo­cused by a core of pris­tine, lime- juice acid per­fectly bal­anc­ing and cleans­ing the in­tense sweet­ness of the fin­ish. A beauty.

DEEN DE BOR­TOLI 2008 Vat 5 Botry­tis Semillon $ 14

Rive­rina, NSW

10.5 per cent The bar­gain- priced lit­tle brother to De Bor­toli’s famed No­ble One with a deeply de­vel­oped golden colour, plenty of botry­tis’ rich apri­cot- flavoured in­ten­sity and a soft, longlin­ger­ing fin­ish. Ex­cel­lent with richer, win­ter desserts.

BROWN BROTH­ERS 2009 No­ble Ries­ling $ 35

King Val­ley, Vic

9.5 per cent A bur­nished gold colour and a rich, toast- and- honey nose and palate against a back­ground of cit­rus, smooth and unc­tu­ous in the mouth and with a long, in­tense and de­li­ciously bal­anced af­ter­taste. Made for a baked golden syrup pud­ding or a tarte tatin.

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