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The Accomplice Sweet Escape Red 2010 (Australia)
An unusual one this, a red wine made deliberately in sweet style. Brilliant crimson red to look at with succulent sweet berry and cherry fruit aromas and a light sparkle. On the palate it's raspberry, blackberry and red cherries with refreshing sweetness balanced by soft tannins to finish.
Domaine de Durban, Muscat de Beaumes de Venise 2007 (37.5cl)(Rhône, France)
Durban claim that their Muscats are so much more aromatic and more delicately coloured than any other Beaumes de Venise because they use a very unique form of the variety.
Whatever the reason this is the wine that the critics universally agree to be the best and is full of wonderful orangey / pear flavours.
Sweet without being cloying, within France it is frequently used as an aperitif as much as a desert wine. Ideal with lighter puddings such as meringue
Errazuriz Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2010(Casablanca Valley, Chile)
"The pale yellow colour will turn golden with time. The nose displays myriad concentrated ripe fruit aromas, ranging from cherimoya to apricot interlaced with subtle notes of orange zest and a hint of honey. The sweet, lush texture envelopes the palate while crisp acidity maintains the wine's freshness."
That is the winemaker's note - all I would add is that Chilean late-harvested Sauvignon is an undiscovered treat for most lovers of dessert wine and is truly fabulous with blue cheese.
Quady's Essensia Orange Muscat (37.5cl) 2009(California, USA)
Essensia – From 100% Orange Muscat with an aroma reminiscent of Orange Blossom and Apricot, and a lingering refreshing aftertaste, Essensia is used as a dessert accompaniment or a dessert in itself. The Orange Muscat grape variety is little known. It was once grown in France and there are some small plantings in Italy and Australia. The wine is lightly fortified to about 15% alcohol and aged for 3 months in French Oak. The wine tastes balanced, like the taste of fresh fruit.
Quady's Elysium Black Muscat 2008 37.5cl
Elysium in Greek Mythology is paradise. The provocative rose and lychee aroma of Elysium resonate from the Black Muscat grape variety. Elysium can accompany dessert cheeses, such as blues, creams, especially vanilla, red fruit custards, clafoutis, and puddings; as well as chocolate.
Crown Estates Tokaji Aszu 2000 25cl5 Puttonyos
This is the great wine of North Eastern Hungary produced around the town of Mad. It is so revered within Hungary itself that it is even mentioned in the national anthem. The region's ability to make fine dessert wines was discovered in 1650 by Zssuzsana Lorantfly, a monk. In 1650 the area was attacked by the Turks, and so the grapes were left on the vines. By the time they were harvested the grapes had started to rot on the vines. Zssuzsana made a wine anyway and the result was 'much admired'. The 'Noble Rot' (Botrytis Cineria) had been discovered and led to the production of most of the world's great dessert wines.
Deep golden yellow in colour with aromas of Seville oranges, marmalade and honeycomb, which all follow through to similar flavours on the palate, this wine is heaven with: blue cheese (or if you really want to "do a Heston" blue cheese ice cream on an oat biscuit). Also great with tarte tatin , almond tart and chocolate desserts. However we find them so delicious, we tend to skip the pud altogether and just drink the wine.
Ochoa Moscatel 2008 Organic 50cl (Spain)
Muscatel (Muscat) is one of the few grape varieties that actually makes a wine that tastes of grapes! These particular muscat grapes are so delicious that it has been noted that the rabbits that plague this vineyard pick on the Muscat, and will only eat the other grape varieties once the Muscat has been harvested! Quite light for a dessert wine it will match well with fruit tarts, meringue dishes and summer fruits.
Domaine de Durban, Muscat de Beaumes de Venise 2007 (75cl)(Rhône, France)
Château Lamourette 2005 Half-bottles(Sauternes)
This little known property produces delicious wine, sometimes startlingly good. Despite being in Bommes, its style is sometimes reminiscent of good Barsac, with elegance and finesse to the fore, rather than sheer richness and power. It also displays a marked floral bouquet. The 2005 has been chosen by the Conseil Interprofessionel des Vins de Bordeaux to represent Sauternes in promotional tastings. The vineyard runs to 10 ha of old vines, planted with 90% Sémillon, 4% Sauvignon and 6% Muscadelle. Most of the Sauvignon is used for dry white wine. Barrel ageing has only been used from 2001 and the 2005 is already quite delicious. The objective has always been to conserve the maximum aromatic complexity. The yield is never more than 13hl/ha. Anne-Marie Leglise, in direct succession of ownership from mother to daughter since 1860, runs Lamourette with talent and passion – she also makes a pretty good 100% Merlot red Graves.
Mount Horrocks Cordon Cut 2009/10 37.5cl (Australia)
Mount Horrocks' winemaker Stephanie Toole is the partner of famed Australian Riesling producer Jeffrey Grosset. Her wines are similarly well regarded and this delicious dessert wine shows why.
One of our lightest and most delicate dessert wines that matches pretty much any pudding.
Bright pale yellow gold with a distinctive lime-edged youthfulness. Wildflower, orange essence, vanilla and musk notes leap from the glass. Here’s a sweet white that doesn’t cloy – it’s vibrant and tangy with tangerine zip, sweet lime and delicious juicy fruit flavours all wrapped up in a framework of zesty acidity keeping it crisp and oh so more-ish. This vintage appears a little lighter and fresher, more focussed even – which auger well for both its drinkability and cellaring.
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