Wine reviews: Dessert Wines

Lusciously sweet golden wines are too sweet and rich to drink in quantity, but with a crisp biscotti, someblue cheese or dried apricots, they are delicious to sip. Most of these are young and a an extrayear or so's bottle age will allow the best to develop more complexity.


BEST VALUE

Pegasus Bay Aria Late Picked Waipara Riesling 2009

$37

Four and a half stars (out of five)

Good value

Fragrant and slightly pungent, this beautifully balanced wine oozes lovely rich fruit hinting of lime flowers, lemon, marmalade and even a nuance of petrol. It's sweet and intense but harmonious with a dryish, clean finish. Delicious.

www.pegasusbay.com

 

Pasquale Passito Waitaki Valley 2011

$25

Three and a half stars

Average value

Passito is a style of wine where the ripe grapes are dried to concentrate the flavours. This blend of pinot gris and riesling is rich, medium-bodied with hints of citrus and nuts, sweet but with a fresh, textural finish.

www.pasquale.co.nz

 

Pasquale Shrivel Waitaki Valley 2011

$28

Four stars

Good value

This botrytised riesling oozes tropical fruit - mango, sweet pineapple, ripe golden peach, apricot and honey and even a touch of nuts. It's intensely sweet but with a clean finish.

www.pasquale.co.nz

Pasquale Plump Waitaki Valley 2011

$28

Three and a half stars

Average value

This late harvest pinot gris is rich and unctuous, oozing tropical fruit - mango, ripe golden peach and pear, intensely sweet but with a well-balanced clean finish.

www.pasquale.co.nz

 

 

Osawa Late Harvest Hawkes Bay Gewürztraminer 2011

$27

Four stars

Good value

Richly fragrant and lush with rose petals, lychees, apricots, ginger and orange marmalade, this is is deliciously sweet and intense with a well-balanced finish - the essence of gewurztraminer.

www.osawawines.co.nz

 

 

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Osawa Noble Hawkes Bay Gewürztraminer 2011

$27

Four stars

Good value

Ripe peaches, apricots and honey with a suggestion of tropical fruit and mandarins fill the mouth in this lush, generous wine. It has an oily texture and a well balanced, clean finish and is so rich it's for sipping only.

www.osawawines.co.nz


ANOTHER GLASS

Pasquale Limoncello 2011

$49

Limoncello is an Italian liqueur made from spirit and lemon zest and this is made from Antonio Pasquale's family recipe. It's intensely lemony with a big hit of alcohol - no wonder as it's 35.1%.

They recommend storing it in the freezer and serving shots for an aperitif or digestif, but it would also be good used to flavour cheesecake or other desserts, poured over ice cream or diluted and used to soak a cake, too.

www.pasquale.co.nz