Wines available in the vintage subsequent to that which won the DWWA:
(the product link will take you to the newer product, each page featuring the score/review for the award-winning vintage)
TheAmisfield Pinot Noirfrom the Central Otago region of New Zealand - a beautiful New World, super-fruit Pinot Noir;
the Best in ShowVavasour Sauvignon Blancfrom Marlborough's Awatere Valley in New Zealand - a powerful and intense, classic NZSB - plus two excellent 95-points variants on the NZ Sauvi Blanc theme, one a single-vineyard version from Yealands and the Awatere Valley in Marlborough ... the other a rare (and very mineral) North Island version from Craggy Range and Martinborough (of which limited amounts of the award-wining vintage also still remain) ;
a Mediterranean island gem in the form of the famous and ever-excellent Donnafugata Ben Rye Passito di Pantellaria<available now only in full bottles of this vintage> (it is more a surprise when this wine doesn't win..);
the legendary Vin de Constance from Klein Constantia (97 points, Best in Show) - note that the new vintage has gone on to even greater scores in recent Decanter reviews;
This is special stuff. Made with extreme care by Seifried in NZ’s South Island, the Sweet Agnes is pure, late-harvested Riesling: left on the vine, the grapes gain even greater ripeness, lose moisture and so become incredibly sweet (the wine’s sugar content is ~180g/litre). It’s almost amber in colour, and its flavours include lemon sherbet, marmalade, tropical fruits and butterscotch. It’s quite irresistible on its own and delicious with fruity puddings or tangy cheeses (particularly blue cheeses: it really is amazing with these).
To see the winemakers notes on this wine, please click on the blue link below.
The Rallo family has made wine in Marsala since 1851 and their ancient cellars tunnel beneath the city. They were one of the first families to begin making high quality table wine when sales of traditional Marsala started to decline, launching the Donnafugata label in 1983 and championing the potential of the region's native varieties. Today, Donnafugata has three estates in Sicily. Donnafugata means 'fleeing woman' and is a reference to Queen Maria Carolina, who escaped the court of Naples in the early 19th Century with her husband, Ferdinand IV of Bourbon, when Napoleon's troops arrived. The couple took refuge in Sicily at the Santa Margherita Belice palace, also the favourite residence of celebrated writer Giuseppe Tomasi di Lampedusa and depicted on the 'Mille e Una Notte' label.
Brilliant amber in colour, Ben Ryé is wonderfully fresh and complex. The bouquet is intense and fragrant - aromas of apricots and candied citrus zest combine with notes of Mediterranean thyme and rosemary. The palate is well-defined and intense, with pleasant sweetness well balanced by fresh acidity and great minerality. The finish is long and persistent - a captivating Passito di Pantelleria.
To see an excellent information sheet and tasting note for this wine produced by the team at Donnafugata, please click on the blue link below.