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The Bothie - The Wine Companion (James Halliday)
Pale in colour, with enough sweetness to provide interest, and a touch of nectarine and spice.
The 2005 The Bothie, while drier and less viscous than its French counterpart, offers a pleasant floral and honeysuckle perfume, light to medium-bodied flavors, and a moderate finish. It is best served as an aperitif on hot summer days. Torbreck, under the leadership of owner/winemaker David Powell, remains a Barossa Valley benchmark as well as one of the world’s greatest wine estates. The top cuvees are limited production and expensive but there are also some outstanding values in the portfolio. With regard to the current vintages for the Barossa red wines, David Powell states “2004 is more savory while 2005 has more purity and definition. 2004 is more classic, 2005 will take longer to come around.”
The 2004 The Bothie (100% Muscat Blanc) is a sweet white made in the style of a Muscat de Beaumes de Venise. Well-made, with flowery orange marmalade notes, good acidity, and 80 grams of residual sugar, this is a lovely dessert wine to enjoy during its first year of life.
Given David Powell’s fascination with the southern Rhone Valley, it is not surprising he has produced an Australian version of Muscat Beaumes de Venise. The 2003 The Bothie is a sweet white Muscat that is deliriously perfumed, decadent, and extremely light on its feet. Possessing slightly under 13% alcohol, it is made in a refreshing, fruit cocktail-like style that begs to be consumed over the next year as an aperitif or at the end of a meal.
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