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Late Harvest / Botrytis

Sweet wines are delicious with dessert and cheese or, less commonly, as an aperitif. Matching helps - e.g. red dessert wines are better with chocolate - but there’s leeway - e.g. a Sauternes with blue cheese is amazing, but most sweeties are. Various techniques allow ‘stickies’ to retain sweetness while fermenting some sugar into alcohol. Late harvest wine boosts the starting sugar by over-ripening grapes - and/or getting them get fully raisined by botrytis (‘noble rot’). ‘Straw wine’/Vin Santo concentrates sugars by drying on mats, Icewine does it by removing water (ice crystals). Stopping fermentation mid-way also retains sweetness: Port and Sherry stop ferment using alcohol fortification, while Moscato d’Asti uses freezing (cold stabilisation). 

Late Harvest / Botrytis

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  1. 2013 Astrolabe Wrekin Late Harvest Chenin Blanc 375ml

    2013 Astrolabe Wrekin Late Harvest Chenin Blanc 375ml

    Rick’s Picks
    4.5 Stars Michael Cooper
    Astrolabe are overstocked in this gem - lucky for you as this is a seriously good sticky! Chenin Blanc makes wonderful dessert wines so we always jump on any good ones. But they are very rare in ...
    $17.99 a bottle
  2. 2014 Xavier Vins Muscat Beaumes de Venise ( 375ml )

    2014 Xavier Vins Muscat Beaumes de Venise ( 375ml )

    91 Points Parker's Wine Advocate
    A beautiful example of this great Rhone dessert style, Xavier Vignon's is opulently sweet but fresh and bright enough to compliment lighter fruit dishes too - or even experiment with ...
    Elsewhere up to $27.99 Save $3 $24.99 a bottle
  3. 2012 Riverby Noble Riesling 375ml

    2012 Riverby Noble Riesling 375ml

    91 Points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
    Deliciously sweet dessert Riesling, this Noble from Riverby may be NZ's most consistently high-achieving sticky. The secret is in the vineyards, where these old hands at Marlborough Riesling ...
    $26.99 a bottle
  4. 2015 Ordonez Malaga Victoria No. 2 Sweet Muscat

    2015 Ordonez Malaga Victoria No. 2 Sweet Muscat

    95 Points Parker's Wine Advocate

    A gorgeous dessert Muscat from Spain that Robert Parker calls a 'tour de force'. Opulently sweet but with real finesse and freshness, it took almost 8kg of grapes to make each half ...

    Elsewhere up to $38.99 Save $4 $34.99 a bottle
  5. 2014 Pegasus Bay Aria Riesling (Late Harvest) 750ml

    2014 Pegasus Bay Aria Riesling (Late Harvest) 750ml

    19 Points Raymond Chan
    A gorgeous lighter dessert wine from Waipara masters, Pegasus Bay. Grapes from a cool, mineral-rich vineyard were picked late when beautifully ripe but still clean (no botrytis) giving zingy ...
    Elsewhere up to $42.99 Save $5 $37.99 a bottle
  6. 2013 Hecht and Bannier Maury

    2013 Hecht and Bannier Maury

    93 Points John Caro
    A flavoursome dessert red from France's Mediterranean South. Hecht's version of the Maury style has gained critical praise in France and abroad, balancing the rich body and sweetness of ...
    Elsewhere up to $44.99 Save $5 $39.99 a bottle
  7. 2016 Dry River Craighall Selection Riesling (750ml)

    2016 Dry River Craighall Selection Riesling (750ml)

    94 Points Richard Caro
    A deliciously fresh and vibrant late harvest style with heaps of complexity and a fine sherbet kind of sweetness - but not too sticky. Amazing with lighter fruit or cream desserts or as a ...
    Elsewhere up to $66.99 Save $7 $59.99 a bottle
  8. 2013 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Gold Cap

    2013 Fritz Haag Brauneberger Juffer Sonnenuhr Riesling Auslese Gold Cap

    92 Points Antonio Galloni's Vinous
    Luscious and jam-packed with tropical and stone fruit flavours. This is a super-ripe and sweet style but with a thread of racy acidity keeping everything fresh. Juffer-Sonnenuhr is one of the ...
    Elsewhere up to $99.99 Save $15 $84.99 a bottle
  9. 2006 Inniskillin Riesling Icewine

    2006 Inniskillin Riesling Icewine

    92 Points John Caro
    Perhaps the world's most famous Icewine - Inniskillin established Canada's reputation with their Vinexpo Grand Prix d’Honneur in 1991. Since then this style has become one of the most sought ...
    Elsewhere up to $125.00 Save $13 $112.00 a bottle

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