Botrytis Affected Optima

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Price : $29.99

Quails' Gate Estate Winery
Color: | Varietal: | Vintage: 2008 | Size: 375ml

Winemaker's Notes
Picked late in October, the Totally Botrytis Affected (TBA) Optima grapes were foot-stomped in the picking bins to get the juice in contact with the skins prior to pressing. The soft skinned grapes were thoroughly dehydrated from the ‘Botrytis Cinerea’ mold. This harmless fungus pierces the grape skins causing the fruit to shrink and raisin, leaving the remaining juice naturally sweet. After gentle pressing and cold settling in the tank, the juice was racked then fermented cold over a 10 day period. The 2008  season provided good natural acidity to balance the residual
sweetness in this unique dessert wine.
Tasting Notes
This succulent dessert wine exhibits a very aromatic profile of baked pear, fig, orange and ripe citrus with a classic honey bees wax note derived from the Botrytis mold. The palate is full of candied sweetness balanced by firm natural acidity. Enjoy with créme brulee or soft, flavoured cow’s milk cheese.

Technical Information
Varietal Blend: 100% Optima
Alc. By Vol: 11.5%
Total Acidity: 9.7 g/l
Residual Sweetness: 122.0 g/l
Sweetness Code: 11
SKU Code: 390028
UPC Code: 778856308099
Date Bottled: March 2009
Case Volume: 1069 cases

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