Riverby Estate Marlborough Noble Riesling 2014 (5 stars) $34

Fresh, frisky and overflowing with flavour. This Blue Gold and Top 100 winner at the Sydney International Wine Competition is an absolute firecracker of a dessert wine. Sweet and indulgent, yet super-tangy and energizing, it has candyfloss and toffee aromas, alongside caramelised mango and pineapple pluckiness on the palate. Gorgeous. Email: kevin@riverbyestate.com to buy.

Riverby Estate Marlborough Noble Riesling 2013 (5 stars) $34

It’s easy to see how this wine scooped a Gold medal at the NZ International Wine Show, (New Zealand’s biggest annual wine show) because it is so irresistibly unctuous and toffee-centric. Carrying concentrated mandarin and caramelized apricot and gorgeous honeyed flavours. Email: kevin@riverbyestate.com to buy  

Riverby Estate Marlborough Noble Riesling 2012 (5 stars) $34

This citrus-stacked Trophy winner at the 2013 Air NZ Awards is, six years down the track, still carrying gorgeous acidity, caramelized tropical fruit, hints of honey and succulent textures. It’s an intensely delicious sweet treat that’s aging gracefully and exotically. Email: kevin@riverbyestate.com to buy

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 […]

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