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.
Pegasus Bay Aria Late Picked Waipara Riesling 2009
Four and a half stars (out of five)
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.
Pasquale Passito Waitaki Valley 2011
Three and a half stars
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.
Pasquale Shrivel Waitaki Valley 2011
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.
Pasquale Plump Waitaki Valley 2011
Three and a half stars
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.
Osawa Late Harvest Hawkes Bay Gewürztraminer 2011
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
Osawa Noble Hawkes Bay Gewürztraminer 2011
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.
Pasquale Limoncello 2011
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.