(2020) Almost 300g/l sugar in this super wine, with one third of the fruit from the Brancott vineyard that gives the extra tropical ripeness. Fabulous, dripping with honey and glycerine, Rose’s orange marmalade, moving into the mango exotic fruit. Full and viscose, with terrific, sweet fruit. Tangy orange peel and glacé cherry sweetness balanced by the freshening lime. Price and stockist quoted at time of review are for the previous vintage, 37.5cl bottle.
(2011) Deliciously toasty and deep, with lots of passionfruit and herbs and intriguing layers of complexity with honeyed notes and a delicate nuttiness. The palate has pristine fruit and an orchard fruit clarity - very tangy, with marmalade tang and fresh citrus acidity, lots of acidity keeping this flowing and not cloying. 7.5%.
(2011) Since the lifting of trade restrictions last year more and more New Zealand sweet wines have been appearing on UK shelves, though they are still something of a rarity. This example from Marlborough was picked very late and aged in older French oak. It has an absolutely delightful nose, with glacé fruits and preserved ginger, apricot and honey. On the palate it is full-textured without being viscose or thick, those rich, sweet flavours really nicely balanced by fat, lemony acidity and a touch of herby character. This really lingers, and maintains lovely balance.