Right, enough of the schoolboy giggles. Botryotinia Fuckelina is another name for Grey Mold. Now we’ve dispensed with the Latin and the science, this forms one of the quartet of “The Nobles” range in their distinctive Art Deco jackets.
d’Arenberg The Noble Botryotinia Fuckelina, Semillon/Sauvignon Blanc, McLaren Vale 2015
Pale gold colour the glass. Sweaty smells of lemon cream pie, berry leaf, steel and pineapple marmalade. Somewhat lighter on the palate than its stablemates. Rich lemon combines with tropical cream to provide plenty of body, before narrowing to a, comparatively fine, lemon drop boiled lolly finish. Acidity is high, but not out of balance. My favourite of the range as it seems the natural acidity prevents this from becoming too cloying or a caricature.
Wine sample courtesy of d’Arenberg