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Berton Reserve Botrytis Semillon 2015 (1x37.5cl)

The Griffith area is internationally renowned for producing some of the best Botrytis affected wines, with its luscious, honeyed flavours of peach and apricot, which are well balanced by natural acidity.

£10.66

Cazes Ambre Rivesaltes 2002 (1x37.5cl)

Domaine Cazes is situated in Rivesaltes in the Roussillon. With 220 hectares of vines planted, Domaine Cazes is the largest certified organic and biodynamic estate in France. It was founded in 1895 by Michel Cazes and the wines are made by the fourth generation of winemakers, headed up by Emmanuel Cazes. The family makes a range of interesting dry wines alongside the regional specialities, Vin Doux Naturels. They took the decision to move to organic and biodynamic viticulture in 1997. Based on their view that the natural environment needs natural preparation, they plough the soils and use only natural ingredients as treatments, arranging their work according to the lunar calendar.

Situated between the French Pyrenees and the Mediterranean, the Roussillon is the sunniest area of France, giving very ripe grapes, which are perfect for the production of the Vin Doux Naturel sweet wines. These are a speciality of the Rivesaltes area. The wine was made from the native Grenache Blanc variety, from vineyards on clay and limestone soils, covered by large wide pebbles that radiate the heat back onto the vines at night-time (these are the Galets Roulés that are famous in the Châteauneuf-du-Pape area to the north).

The white grapes were pressed before the fermentation started at 18°C. The wine was fortified using natural grape spirit, which caused the fermentation to stop and left a sweet wine with 16% alcohol, which is relatively light in alcohol for a fortified wine. The wine was then aged for seven years in old, large oak barrels. Over time, the wine gently oxidised, leading to a darker, amber colour (hence the name 'Ambré') as well as a richer, smooth palate and huge depth of flavour.

Deep amber in colour, with aromas strongly reminiscent of dried fruit and candied citrus fruit peel, it is delicious with desserts based on nuts, almonds or caramel.

£14.10

Chambers Rosewood Rutherglen Muscat Non Vintage (1x 37.5cl)

Complex orange peel, raisin and rose petal aromas give way to a warming, luscious palate with a rich texture and a hint of wood spice. This incredibly concentrated wine finishes slightly lean.

£11.60

Darenberg The Noble Botryotinia Fuckeliana Semillon Sauvignon Blanc 2015 (1x 37.5cl)

See blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

D'Arenberg The Noble Botryotinia Fuckeliana 2015 - fiche technique

Another cracking dessert wine in Noble series from d' Arenberg, this time with Semillon and Sauvignon: an Antipodean take on Sauternes, if you like.

For the avoidance of doubt, the scientific name for Botrytis (= 'noble rot') is botryotinia fuckeliana, named in honour of German botanist, Karl Fuckel. Living off a vineyard he acquired in the 1850's, Fuckel dedicated his life to the scientific study of plants.

A racy nose to start, citrus blossom, fresh grass and marmalade mix with tropical fruits and ripe, sweet passion-fruit. It’s an heady mix of complexity and decadence. The palate offers a spicy, zesty entry with the texture of lemon curd, all velvety and smooth with citrusy acid keeping it all in line. Layers of flavor keep on coming; includ-ing spicy orange cake, minerals and herbs.

£10.20

Darenberg The Noble Mud Pie Viognier Arneis 2015 (1x37.5cl)

See blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

D'Arenberg The Noble Mud Pie Viognier Arneis 2015 - fiche technique

This golden-coloured dessert wine opens with fragrant orange marmalade and raisin like bouquet. Full bodied on the palate as well as pleasantly sweet and rich. The flavor profile is a raisin and orange blend with hints of apricot and hint of triple sec. The finish remains sweet and lingers nicely. It pairs particularly nicely with pecan pie.

£11.20

Darenberg The Noble Wrinkled Riesling 2016 (1x37.5cl)

See blue link below for the fiche technique/technical note from the winemakers themselves.

D'Arenberg The Noble Wrinkled Riesling 2016 - fiche technique

One of the most significant wineries in McLaren Vale, d’Arenberg was established in 1912 when Joseph Osborn, a teetotaler and director of Thomas Hardy and Sons, sold his stable of prize winning horses to purchase the property that now houses the winery. Today fourth- generation family member Chester makes distinctive wines using traditional methods both in the vineyard and the winery.

Minimal input viticulture is employed across d’Arenberg owned, leased and contracted vineyards to ensure grape quality and environmental responsibility. This includes minimal or no irrigation, no soil cultivation, minimal spraying and most importantly, no fertilization. All of d’Arenberg estate and their leased vineyards are NASAA Certified for both organic and biodynamic processes.

Grapes affected with Botrytis are small and wrinkly, inspiring the name of this wine, which was originally released in 1985 as The Noble Riesling. Botrytis cinerea, affectionately known as Noble Rot, weakens grape skins causing water to evaporate which results in sweet, concentrated flavours. These shrivelled berries are basket pressed before a long fermentation, resulting in a luscious wine with intense richness and viscosity.

100% Riesling for this vintage. Generous and decadent but zesty and fresh at the same time. Ripples of fresh lemon and lime, a whisper of candied ginger and a healthy dollop of honey and barley sugar. The palate is initially sweet and viscous but this opulence is countered by a tangy acidity that flashes through the core of the wine in dart like fashion. The combination of flavour and acidity linger almost eternally. In its youth this wine is crisp and provides versatility when matching to a wide range of desserts. It works particularly well with elements containing fresh tropical fruits. As it ages it will take on a deeper colour and the flavour will develop further into the dried fruit spectrum making it a sensational match to strong cheeses.

We like this because it is a surprisingly light and fruity dessert wine that goes perfectly with fruit-based puddings such as lemon meringue pie (and other citrussy puds) and is also rather good with blue cheese!

£11.20

Dulong Sauternes Reserve 2015 (1x50cl)

Rich, golden yellow colour with a powerful and racy bouquet of beeswax and honey. Rich, well-balanced and persistent in the mouth with fig and apricot flavours.

£12.75

Lenz Moser Prestige Beerenauslese half bottle 2015 (1x 37.5cl)

Brilliant yellow with shimmers of gold; Remarkable bouquet with hints of botrytis; aromas of exotic fruits and honey-like fragrance. Harmonious and well balanced taste, just lovely!

£10.60

Patricius Late Harvest Tokaji half bottle 2013 (1x 37.5cl)

Could these vineyards be some of the oldest in the world? On the same latitude as Chablis, Tokaji experiences a much warmer climate because of its central European location and the sheltering Carpathian Mountains to the north, west and east. This, together with the influence of the Tisza and Bodrog rivers, produces the magic combination of humid nights and warm, fine autumns which result in such fantastic sweet wines from botrytis grapes, similar to Sauternes. 

Patricius is very much the new kid on the block, bursting onto the scene in 2005 with a succession of medals, awards and rapturous endorsement. Deszö Kékessy was a Hungarian exile during Communism, who returned to his beloved Tokaji having established a successful business in Switzerland. Little by little he has acquired 150 hectares of the very best vineyards, built a fabulous new winery and employed top winemaker Péter Molnár. Deszö’s daughter and son-in-law run what he has established as a true legacy for his family. The attention to detail is breathtaking: re-planting and even re-orienting rows of vines where necessary, and upholding a standard of perfection in both vine-growing and winemaking which is evident in the quality of the wines, which display exquisite elegance and class, with a fine tension between complex fruit and honey flavours, minerality and rapier-like acidity.

Selected bunches of grapes containing healthy, over-ripened and partly botrytized berries which were picked during the late – autumn harvest. The characteristic varietal notes of Furmint and Yellow Muscat form the foundation of this wine, braced by minerality and zippy acidity for great balance and topped off with an incredibly long finish and creaminess. The wine was partly aged in 220 litre oak barrels for 12 months.

This is a Tokaji with a little more subtlety than you might expect. Made with the usual mix of Tokaji varieties, predominantly Furmint, this is a lightly sweet dessert “sticky”. The honey and fruit flavours of traditional Tokaji are all here, but accompanied by a greater focus on freshness and acidity than is usual. Those who find the full attack of Tokaji and many dessert wines just a little too much will find this refreshing. Highly recommended and at a great price.

£13.56

Patricius Late Harvest Tokaji half bottle 2016 (1 x 37.5cl)

Could these vineyards be some of the oldest in the world? On the same latitude as Chablis, Tokaji experiences a much warmer climate because of its central European location and the sheltering Carpathian Mountains to the north, west and east. This, together with the influence of the Tisza and Bodrog rivers, produces the magic combination of humid nights and warm, fine autumns which result in such fantastic sweet wines from botrytis grapes, similar to Sauternes. 

Patricius is very much the new kid on the block, bursting onto the scene in 2005 with a succession of medals, awards and rapturous endorsement. Deszö Kékessy was a Hungarian exile during Communism, who returned to his beloved Tokaji having established a successful business in Switzerland. Little by little he has acquired 150 hectares of the very best vineyards, built a fabulous new winery and employed top winemaker Péter Molnár. Deszö’s daughter and son-in-law run what he has established as a true legacy for his family. The attention to detail is breathtaking: re-planting and even re-orienting rows of vines where necessary, and upholding a standard of perfection in both vine-growing and winemaking which is evident in the quality of the wines, which display exquisite elegance and class, with a fine tension between complex fruit and honey flavours, minerality and rapier-like acidity.

Selected bunches of grapes containing healthy, over-ripened and partly botrytized berries which were picked during the late – autumn harvest. The characteristic varietal notes of Furmint and Yellow Muscat form the foundation of this wine, braced by minerality and zippy acidity for great balance and topped off with an incredibly long finish and creaminess. The wine was partly aged in 220 litre oak barrels for 12 months.

This is a Tokaji with a little more subtlety than you might expect. Made with the usual mix of Tokaji varieties, predominantly Furmint, this is a lightly sweet dessert “sticky”. The honey and fruit flavours of traditional Tokaji are all here, but accompanied by a greater focus on freshness and acidity than is usual. Those who find the full attack of Tokaji and many dessert wines just a little too much will find this a refreshing accompaniment to the Christmas pudding, the trifle, the Christmas cake and the cheeseboard. Highly recommended and at a great price.

£13.60

Quady Elysium Black Muscat 2015 (1x37.5cl)

Awarded 92 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2017 edition review of Top 40 Californian Wines Under £40 (see blue link below).

Elysium Black Muscat 2015 - Sept 2017 Decanter review

Quady is the foremost American winery specialising entirely in dessert wines and continues to win medals worldwide. In 1983, a nearby grower brough Andrew Quady some Black Muscat grapes that were previously destined for sacremental wine at a local church. When the church ceased operations, the grower was left with truckloads of perfectly ripe grapes. Upon hearing that newcomer Quady had some success with Orange Muscat, he knocked on Quady's door and the rest as they say, is history.

The grapes - 100% Black Muscat - are grown on well drained, alluvial soils - and are crushed, chilled and allowed to macerate, in order to extract the desired aromatic and flavour compounds. Fermentation was arrested with a neutral grape brandy. This arrested fermentation preserved the delicate aromas of the fresh, ripe grapes. The wine was then aged for three months in small French oak barrels.

Elysium is a brilliant crimson purple colour with aromas of ripe berries, rose petals, strawberries and lychees. On the nose, it has an enticing aroma of Turkish Delight combined with spicy red fruits and roses. On the palate, the vibrant acidity balances beautifully with the sweetnes, making it exhilaratingly refreshing. It is excellent served chilled in small glasses with Eton mess, chocolate desserts (making this one one of the rare few that matches such things well!) and/or blue cheese. Or just pour over ice cream and enjoy!

£11.95

Quady Essensia Orange Muscat 2015 (1x37.5cl)

Awarded 91 points and Highly Recommended status by Decanter (www.decanter.com) in their September 2017 edition review of Top 40 Californian Wines Under £40 (see blue link below).

Essensia Orange Muscat 2015 - Sept 2017 Decanter review

Quady is the foremost American winery specialising entirely in dessert wines and continues to win medals worldwide. In 1980, Andrew Quady discovered a parcel of underused Orange Muscat grapes in Reedley, California, which led him to make a wine which celebrated the intense aromas and spicy fruit flavours of the grapes. In Italy, the variety is known as Moscato Fior d'Arancio: Orange Blossom Muscat.

Here in California, it is grown in well-drained, alluvial soils, in climatic conditions ideally suited to this variety. The grapes are harvested at optimal maturity once they have reached a very high 22 Brix. The grapes were crushed, chilled and allowed to macerate. Fermentation was arrested with neutral grape brandy, lightly fortifying the wine to 15% alcohol. This arrested fermentation preserves the delicate aromas of the fresh, ripe grapes. The wine was then aged for three months in used, predominantly French, oak barrels.

Luscious sweet oranges and apricots on the palate with bittersweet orange marmalade notes which balance well with the fresh lemony finish.  Excellent served chilled in small glasses with desserts consisting of peach, pear or apricot fruits or pumpkin pie.

£11.90

Curatolo Arini Marsala Superiore Dolce NV (1x 75cl)

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£11.66

Curatolo Arini Marsala Superiore Riserva NV (1x 75cl)

The Marsala Riserva Superiore is richer, more concentrated and elegant than the Fine. It has notes of dates, sultanas and toasted almonds and a long, smooth finish.
£13.66
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