Gomersal Wines Barossa Valley 2017 Vintage Fortified Shiraz

Gomersal Wines Barossa Valley 2017 Vintage Fortified Shiraz (price tbc) I don’t know about you, but I don’t get to sip fortified shiraz every day – but after tasting this from 131-year-old Gomersal Wines, I’m on the hunt for more!  Deliciously comforting cocoa, Christmas pudding spices and cough drop characters sneak through on the nose, […]

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Pegasus Bay Encore Noble Riesling 2016 $40 (5 stars)

This succulent, incredibly sexy sip firmly sits top of the tree on the Classic Wines of New Zealand list insofar as sweet wines are concerned. Crafted only in years when the conditions are perfect for botrytis to take hold of the grapes and turn them into tiny lumps of magical nectar, this is an absolute […]

Gibson Bridge Botrytis Pinot Gris 2014 375ml $38 (3.5 stars)

Deep amber-coloured, this sticky treat is so named after the sixteen rows of pinot gris grapes that were left on the vine to succumb to the noble botrytis rot. It’s toffee’d and toasty and nutty and has roast apricot, fig and quince characters on the palate. If you have any cavities in your teeth, prepare […]

Askerne Hawke’s Bay Dessert Cabernet 2015 $22.90 375ml (3.5 stars)

Made from 100% Cabernet Sauvignon grapes grown in the sandy soils of their lower terrace, and fortified to 16.5%alc, this is a whopper of a wine. Scented with blackberry, bay leaf, pepper and dark cocoa, then chock full of spice and sweet, dried herb and nutty notes on the palate, it’s a wine with grip […]

Misha’s Vineyard The Cadenza Late Harvest Gewurztraminer 2016 $31 375ml (3.5 stars)

If you’re partial to a bit of musky magic then this luscious little lovely from Central Otago will be right up your cul-de-sac. A lick of lychee combined with a hint of ginger, mango and spiced peaches make this a lighter-styled dessert wine that’ll rock with a chunck of aged cheddar. www.mishasvineyard.com

Palliser Estate Martinborough Noble Riesling 2016 $29 375ml (4.5 stars)

I was completely seduced by the sexy, orange-gold liquid that slinks into the glass, so to then be met by gorgeous, citrus-toffee notes, caramelized stonefruit and peach compote characters – just sent me into swoon territory. Fresh, zesty acidity perks up a hefty 70g/l of natural residual sugar and makes this a beautifully balanced sweet […]

Urlar Gladstone Noble Riesling 2015

When it comes to sweet treats, if you cant beat ‘em, join ‘em.  The organic and biodynamically-produced,  Urlar Noble Riesling 2015 ($30) sings with Manuka honey, tangy nectarine and apple notes.  The acidity is zingy and refreshing, balancing out the intense sweetness of the top notes and making it a superb partner for every possible […]

Stanley Estate’s Noble Harvest Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014

Stanley Estate’s Noble Harvest Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2014 375ml  $27 ★★★★ This is another rather rare style of dessert wine because you don’t often see sauvignon blanc, Marlborough’s signature grape, offered up in such a sweet, silky, luxurious manner.  Steve Pellet and Bridget Ennals named their wines after their beloved Landrover ‘Stanley’, who safely carried them […]

Misha’s Vineyard ‘The Cadenza’ Late Harvest Gewurztraminer 2015

Misha’s Vineyard ‘The Cadenza’ Late Harvest Gewurztraminer 2015 375ml $32 ★★★★ I am a huge gewürztraminer hound.  I love the stuff, especially when it has a splash of sweetness.  So you can imagine my joy when a top-notch wine producer pulls out a rare, dessert-style example.  Olly Masters has created a sweet treat that smells […]

Pegasus Bay Aria Late Picked Riesling 2014

Pegasus Bay Aria Late Picked Riesling 2014 750ml  $30 ★★★★★ Wow.  If you’ve ever seen a bunch of botrytis-infected grapes, you’ll know that they’re one of the ugliest sights in all of winemaking.  However the golden, liquid loveliness living inside that grey, mouldy grape is capable of absolute magic flavour-wise, and we have a superb […]

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