A Noble Family connection to commemorate 90 years of winemaking

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Innovation, vision and creativity flow through the De Bortoli family, just like the wines they make.

To commemorate 90 years of winemaking this year, De Bortoli is releasing a limited edition of Black Noble, the world’s only fortified made from botrytis grapes. Black Noble was first created by Managing Director Darren De Bortoli in 1998 in the NSW Riverina region, inspired by a wine his grandfather and founder Vittorio De Bortoli produced in the 1930s.

Black Noble has woven together both the family and the variety’s history, as it is crafted from the same botrytised Semillon grapes harvested for the iconic Noble One, which was developed by Darren and his father Deen in 1982. Today one of the world’s most awarded wines, Noble One has proven that luxuriously sweet and hugely expensive French Sauternes-style dessert wines can be made under Australia’s much harsher climatic conditions.

The limited edition Black Noble is crafted from parcels of wine with an average blended age of 20 years in barrels. A parcel of the most botrytised Semillon grapes at approximately 20 to 22 baume is selected to produce the Black Noble intense and ripe botrytis flavours. De Bortoli has 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. 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.

Created by Senior Winemakers Julie Mortlock and John Coughlan with involvement from the De Bortoli winemaking team, and in collaboration with third and fourth generation family members, the limited edition Black Noble is a testament to the continuing hard work, patience and dedication of four generations of family. The 90th Anniversary limited edition Black Noble is beautifully presented in an elegant bottle and exquisite giftbox, each marked with its own serial number.

As a special token of the family's appreciation, they will be gifting a bottle of the limited edition Black Noble to all of employees to acknowledge their commitment and contribution to reaching De Bortoli's 90th year.

To learn more about their 90 years of winemaking please enjoy this video.

The De Bortoli 90th Anniversary limited edition Black Noble is available for $90 at leading liquor outlets across Australia.



  • Yarra Valley (Wine) (VIC)

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