Lillypilly 2021 Noble Blend New Release
Region: Riverina, Australia
Style: Sweet White Wine
Varieties: Sauvignon Blanc, Vermentino and Muscat
Bottle size: 375ml
The Real Review, Huon Hooke
Lillypilly, based at Leeton, is a sweet wine specialist, where Robert Fiumara makes sensational wines, both varietal and blended, from botrytised grapes. This one is 60% sauvignon blanc, 30% vermentino and 10% muscat.
The colour is deep golden with light amber tints; the bouquet is very complex and expressive, showing a combination of honey, vanilla, caramel, toffee, and a little development. In the mouth, it’s extremely rich and concentrated, powerful and long, yet the texture is seamless and svelte. It’s all enlivened by vibrant acidity. An utterly delicious sweet wine. (Screwcap)
Score: 96 ★★★★★
Ageing: now to 2029
Food: lemony crème brûlée
Awarded: Top Rank
The semi-arid climate that prevails in the Riverina softens towards the end of autumn with cool nights, and mornings made damp by fog and dew. These are perfect conditions for the development of botrytis fungus on the grapes, and the production of sweet white botrytis wines. The climate is one of the strengths of the Riverina region, helping to make it an ideal wine grape region in Australia, and the main factor in making it one of the best producers of botrytis wines in the world.