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.

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 […]

Wine talk: Sweet wines

Published NZME Regional Newspapers Tue 29 Mar 2016   Life without the occasional sticky treat would be so boring.  Wines that are indulgently delicious, swoon-inducingly sweet, yet make all the cavities in your teeth scream bloody murder with every sip.  Bring it on!   Pegasus Bay Aria Late Picked Riesling 2014 750ml  $30 ★★★★★ Wow.  […]

Brookfields Indulgence Dessert Viognier 2014

Brookfields Indulgence Dessert Viognier 2014 $25 ★★★★★ Beware.  At a heartstoppingly huge 250g/l of residual sugar, you’ll be needing to get those cavities seen to before you even think about sipping this sexy thing.  With incredibly intense aromas of candied mandarin, creamed honey and orange toffee and incredibly luxurious, yet crisp and tangy on the […]

Loveblock Noble Chenin Blanc 2014

Loveblock Noble Chenin Blanc 2014 500ml $29 ★★★★★ Here’s the thing.  Do not under any circumstances attempt to drink this wine if you know that you’re in possession of untreated tooth decay or cavities of any description.  At over 230g/l residual sugar and 12g/l titrateable acidity, this sticky-sweet treat is dangerously delicious.  Golden-bronze in the […]

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