It fills me with a sense of childish excitement when I visit a new wine region. I’ve said it before, and likely I will say it again, that it is when you visit a region that the penny drops: all the book learning and knowledge of the wines falls into place, and you begin to [...]
This is something quite unique. It’s a sweet red wine from Rioja, made by Ojuel, a small winery whose focus is on making an old-style sweet wine from dried grapes which has all but disappeared from the region.
In the past, before the industrialization of winemaking in the region, people would typically roam the vineyard [...]
I’m not really sure I like the branding of Brent Marris’ Marisco Vineyards, but I do like the wines. This is a remarkable botrytised Sauvignon Blanc with real personality.
Marisco Vineyards A Sticky End Noble Sauvignon Blanc 2010 Marlborough, New Zealand
12% alcohol. Concentrated, richly textured, sweet and well balanced, showing notes of grape, tangerine, melon and [...]
Not much chat, just a quick note on an utterly brilliant sweet wine. Sold in a handy 25 cl bottle which makes this world class wine relatively affordable at around £11.
Royal Tokaji 5 Puttonyos 2005 Hungary
10.5% alcohol. Lively, intense aromas of marmalade, apricot, spice and citrus. The palate is concentrated with lots of sweetness but [...]
Bentomiz is a new venture in Spain’s Malaga region, started by a Dutch couple Andre Both and Clara Verheij in 2003 (their website is here). This is a region that is undergoing something of a revival – another notable new Malaga is the one made by Jorge Ordonez (which I have blogged on here). I [...]
This is a crazy, crazy wine, but it really works. It’s a sparkling ice wine.
Inniskillin Vidal Sparkling Ice Wine 2006 Niagara Peninsula, Canada
9% alcohol. Made like an ice wine, with grapes picked at -10 C, this is a bit different: it’s gently sparkling. Gold/bronze in colour, with residual sugar of 230 g/litre, it’s viscous and [...]
The sweet wine season is not yet over, even though the Alsace one has begun.
It’s not been long that we’ve had New Zealand’s generally excellent sweet wines available in the UK. For a good while they were kept out by some EU legislation. Here’s a brilliant one.
Trinity Hill Noble Viognier 2008 Gimblett Gravels, Hawkes Bay, [...]
There are two major styles of Port. The first is Ruby (a category including Vintage, Single Quinta, LBV, Crusted, Vintage Character and Ruby) – wines aged for a relatively short time in larger wood, and then bottled with lots of fruit. The second is Tawny, wines aged for much longer in wood (usually in 600 [...]
I haven’t finished my sweet wine season yet. Not by any measure. Here’s number 11, and we’re off to Australia’s Barossa Valley for a bit of a rarity: an Australian Pedro Ximenez.
Turkey Flat Pedro Ximenez NV Barossa Valley, Australia
17% alcohol. A liqueur wine made by adding spirit to part fermented wine. Attractive red/brown colour. Sweet, [...]
A mythical wine. So sweet it could hardly ferment at all, made from the free run juice from selected botrytized aszu berries. Drunk from a spoon, too.
The Royal Tokaji Company Essencia 2000 Tokaji, Hungary
2.9% alcohol, 620 g/litre residual sugar. Remarkable stuff, fermented and aged in glass jars for seven years, and not technically [...]