I’m enjoying this sweet wine season. Most of all, I’m impressed by just how good many sweet wines are. This one, a botrytised Riesling from South Africa, blew me away. It’s really serious stuff.
Jordan Mellifera Noble Late Harvest 2008 Stellenbosch, South Africa
11% alcohol. This Riesling is a golden colour, with a lovely nose of honeyed tangerine and apricot fruit, with lively complexity. The palate has a limey, spicy freshness as well as ripe peach and apricot fruit with bold, viscous flavours. There’s a nice fruity, melony freshness here. Stylish and complex with a long, spicy finish. Serious stuff. 94/100 (UK agent ABS – retail is around £11 for half bottle, which makes this good value)
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