Special wine release marks 90th birthday for De Bortoli family
The De Bortoli family is releasing a very special wine to make the 90th anniversary of its involvement in the the wine industry.
The milestone will be marked by a limited edition of Black Noble, the world’s only fortified made from botrytis grapes.
Black Noble was first created De Bortoli managing director Darren De Bortoli in 1998 in the NSW Riverina region, inspired by a wine his grandfather - and company founder - Vittorio De Bortoli produced in the 1930s.
Black Noble is crafted from the same botrytised semillon grapes harvested for the company's iconic Noble One stickie, which was developed by Darren and his father Deen in 1982.
The limited edition Black Noble is crafted from parcels of wine with an average blended age of 20 years in barrels.
"We have been setting aside portions of these parcels since 1982, with a selection of exceptional quality blended to deliver structure, strength and complexity in this limited edition," says Darren De Bortoli.
"A little fermentation occurs before fortification when a grape spirit is added to inhibit further fermentation. The wine is then clarified, and a touch of brandy is added for extra complexity before being transferred into used Noble One barriques."
The 90th Anniversary limited-edition Black Noble is presented in an elegant bottle and gift box, each marked with its own serial number.
Every staff member at De Bortoli will be presented with a bottle, or it can be purchased for, you guessed it, $90, at leading liquor outlets across Australia.