(500ml) Full tawny-amber and the rim is yellow-green indicating substantial age. Very complex aged bouquet with old leather, smoky, walnut and dried fruit aromas, the palate likewise complex and rich, with high acidity and drying tannins. It's like an old tawny port style but with the elevated acidity of a botrytis table wine - which is what it's based on. Best with food, especially cheese.
Drink: 2017 to 2017
92 Points Robert Parker
Made from fortified botrytis Sémillon that's then aged in barrels for ten years, De Bortoli's NV Black Noble isn't quite black—more of a dark russet brown fading to amber at the rim. Strong espresso aromas accent dried figs and dates on the nose, while the full-bodied palate is a bit walnutty. There's still a trace of the orange marmalade notes that must've been prominent prior to aging, bringing life and lift to the long finish.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Joe Czerwinski. January, 2019
91 Points Robert Parker
Medium tawny-brown colored with a hint of green in the rim, the NV Black Noble offers beguiling aromas of crushed walnuts, fruitcake, plum pudding and yeast extract with hints of licorice, toast and praline. Very sweet (217 grams per liter of residual sugar) and crisp, the palate is big, full, unctuous and packed with flavor, finishing long. Drink it now.
Source: Robert Parker (Robert Parker Wine Advocate) by Lisa Perrotti-Brown. April, 2012