Monday, 29 September 2008

Brown Brothers Botrytis Riesling 2003

Milawa, Victoria, cork seal

I'm a bit worried; this is the fourth wine post in a row... My parents left this little bottle when they were last passing through town and though it's plastered with 'cellar door release' I'm pretty sure it was purchased at Melbourne's Tullamarine Airport. Brown Brothers is a family owned winery that produced their first wine way back in 1889. Located at Milawa in the King Valley - a beautiful area were Italian varieties flourish - Brown Brothers has done much to encourage the acceptance of alternative varietals in Australia. They release a huge range of wines, many of which are rare in Australia, including Dolcetto, Barbera, Vermentino, Graciano and Nero d'Avola; and even some rare in the World such as the Australian developed Cienna and Tarrango.

Brown Brothers Botrytis Riesling 2003 is an amazingly deep golden orange colour that gives the impression that it's older than it is. I smell apricots, honey and if I was being a little creative maybe even some kind of sweet, golden syrup pudding. The palate tastes of marmalade, stewed peaches, apricots and a little spiciness. It's thick, but not too sticky with a touch of acid inspired freshness. It's certainly a tasty little number and I would have no problem drinking a bit of this

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