Sweet Wines aren’t just for Desserts
Sweet wines are delicious, versatile and you don’t even have to wait for the desserts. A fine sweet wine is one of life’s greatest pleasures. There’s hardly a wine region of note that doesn’t produce a decent sweet wine – well, apart from Burgundy – and a well-made sweet is a lot more versatile than we often imagine.
Many winemakers despair at the term “dessert wine” since such wines can be the perfect accompaniment to so much more than pudding. Well, while that wouldn’t be my ideal pairing, it is surprising how many dishes sweet wines can enhance. Pan-fried foie gras, simple pâté de foie or even smoked fish at the start of a meal can work beautifully with a sweet wine.
Check out the finest sweet wines that we have in store, and discover their versatility. What to pair with? That’s entirely up to your creativity and courage.
Region: Italy, Piemonte
Retail Price: S$34.00
About the Wine: Straw yellow with intense aromas of citrus, apricot, fig and orange blossom; taste is pleasantly sweet and aromatic like the Moscato grapes it comes from. The alcohol content makes it a delicious and natural thirst-quencher anytime as well as a dessert wine par excellence; it also lends itself to unusual combinations with appetizers, raw fish and sushi.
About the Winery: Their history dates back to the beginning of the 1900s and grandfather Michele’s dream of planting a vineyard in the heart of the Bagnario Valley, Strevi, an area especially suitable to viticulture. His son Giuseppe then began the Company’s evolution, gradually acquiring the best land of the Monferrato and choosing the most typical grape varieties to plant. After the war, he built his winery in the center of the village of Strevi, to be near the train station so that he could send his wines directly to his customers
Winery Website – http://en.marencovini.com/vini/strev-moscato-dasti-docg/
Region: Spain, Terra Alta
Retail Price: S$47.00
About the Wine: Made from the late-harvested centenarian garnacha grapes, Josefina Piñol is our white sweet wine packaged in exquisitely designed bottles. To obtain a high sugar concentration, the grapes are handpicked just before reaching over maturity at the beginning of November and aged for five months in new French Oak barrels. The wine is the colour of bright amber with aromas of banana, dates, grapefruit, quince, dried apricots, candied orange and linden blossom. With an exceedingly complex taste reminiscent of raisins, marzipan and honey cakes, Josefina Piñol is an ideal partner for all kind of desserts, goose foei gras and blue cheeses.
About the Winery: CELLER PIÑOL is a family run cellar devoted to the winemaking of fine wines based in Batea (DO Terra Alta).
The love and passion of Pinol family for the land and the vineyards started in the 20s when l’Avi Arrufi decided to produce the firsts liters of wine from his own vineyards. Now, four generations later, Juanjo Galcera Pinol continues the tradition of his great-grandfather respecting the values transmitted from father to son but incorporating the latest technology in order to innovate and be unique in the vine growing.
Winery Website – http://www.cellerpinol.com/en/
Region: Austria, Burgenland
Retail Price: S$43.00
About the Wine: Bright golden yellow, light exotic fruits, white flowers, pineapples, yellow apples, very fine integrated sweetness on the palate well balance with supportive acidity, final crispy and clear. Ideal for pies, Asian cuisine with spicy – sweet and sour sauces, cheese spicy casserole, strudel, dumplings (sweet and spicy).
About the Winery: The Tschida winery is located in Illmitz, a world-renowned sweet wine town in the Seewinkel area of the Neusiedlersee in Burgenland, Austria. Hans Tschida specializes in the production of sweet wines and is counted amongst the best producers not only in Austria, but also internationally. Perfect harmony between fruit,alcohol, residual sugar and natural acidity is his highest aim – and even then, the variety must show distinction at the highest quality level. Each Tschida wine is truly individual, and it is clear to see why they are known as “liquid gold”. A specialty of the winery is the production of Schilfwein, for which the grapes are dried on reed mats before pressing.
Winery Website – http://www.angerhof-tschida.at/
Region: New Zealand, Central Otago
Retail Price: S$56.00
About the Wine: Floral and ripe stonefruit notes compete in the aroma of this Riesling. On the palate these flavours dance in harmony.
About the Winery: Mt Difficulty is a boutique winery located in Bannockburn in Central Otago, New Zealand. The Bannockburn area is internationally recognized as one of the few places in the world where the pernickety Pinot Noir variety has found a home outside Burgundy. Martinborough in New Zealand and Oregon in the US are the only other regions where Pinot Noir seems to flourish.
The unique microclimate of the Bannockburn area provides hot summers, a large diurnal temperature variation and long cool autumns which bring the best out of the Pinot Noir grapes. This, along with a mix of clays and gravels ideal for viticulture, provides an excellent basis not only for Pinot Noir, but also for Pinot Gris, Riesling, and Chardonnay.
Mt Difficulty Wines was named after the mountain over-looking Felton Road and the southern Cromwell basin. This mountain is a very important part of the Bannockburn microclimate, providing shelter from the cool winds of the Wakatipu Basin and Gibbston Valley.
Winery Website – http://www.mtdifficulty.com/
Region: Italy, Tuscany
Retail Price: S$86.00
About the Wine: One of the best Italian Vin Santo. Isole e Olena Vin Santo is aged 5 years in barrels. Limited allocation for this stunning wine. An opulent dessert wine. Smooth, rich and subtle, sweet without being cloying. An elegant wine offering delicious almond, hazelnut and tea aromas and flavors that grow and persist on the finish.
About the Winery: The estate has been run by Paolo De Marchi since 1976. Over the years, Paolo has become a leading expert on Sangiovese and travels across the world talking and teaching about this variety. Depite the time these committments demand, he continues to makes the wine at Isole and is now investing a huge amount of energy, with the help of his elder son, Luca, in the old family estate in Piemonte, Proprieta Sperino.
The Isole e Olena estate is located in the central part of Chianti Classico in the San Donato in Poggio region. It lies to the north of the town of Castellina in Chianti and to the south of the Pesa river. It stands at an altitude of 400 meters and receives approximately 900mm of rainfall annually. The soil is a mixture of rock, sandstone and clay which allows sufficient drainage in times of heavy rains and the retention of moisture in times of drought. The vineyards are on average of 16 years old with a portion being 40 years old.