(2020) Bottled exclusively for Waitrose in a very attractive 50cl format, Disznókő is a master of ensuring elegance and freshness, even in its sweetest wines - this is 5 Puttonyos, so will have at least 120g/l of residual sugar. A light gold in colour, the aromas are of apricot, honey and juicy mango or nectarine, vivacious and bright with a streak of lime, the more subtle creamy and barley sugar notes sit beneath. Apricot and a marmalade orange brightness and yet burnished depth on the palate, the acidity is exemplary in a delightful dessert wine for fruity tarts rather than Christmas pud, or for blue cheeses or indeed, to sip on its own at the end of a meal.
(2020) Icewine is a realy Canadian speciality, the grapes harvested in sub-zero night-time temperatures so that much of the water content is dispelled when the fruit is pressed, leaving a super-sweet, thick and unctuous dessert wine. This is a very good example, made from Vidal which always gives a warming, golden, honeyed aroma of ripe apricot, here the engine-oil thickness of the wine on the palate sweet and exotic, like the ripest mango and lychee, a burnished toasty background, then very good lime jelly acidity to balance. A great wine in half-bottles, for very sweet desserts or to sip on its own after dinner.
(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.
(2020) A late-harvest wine with 80g/l residual sugar, it shows refined peaches and cream, a peach schnapps, estery character, long and tangy acidity, has that runng stream clarity. Very nice. No retailers listed in the UK at time of review.
(2020) With 287g/l of residual sugar this has an opulent toffee, honeycomb and apricot aroma with loads of glycerine. The palate is beautifully honed, a little bit of toast, fabulous opulence in the mouth and fat, with pink grapefruit and orange and lime zestiness. Terrific acid balance and a fabulous sweet and ripe tropical fruit. Price for a half bottle, and stockist quoted at time of review is for the previous vintage.
(2020) With 187g/l of residual sugar, marginally less luscious than the 2016, but beautifully toasty and full of lime marmalade. The palate is so rich and creamy, full of honey and Botrytis richness and yet that Botrytis element to give a drier character to the finish, so sweet and yet so well balanced. Price quoted is for 37.5cls, and for a previous vintage at time of review.
(2020) A Botrytis wine with 200g/l of sugar. Great golden colour, fabulous honeycomb and floral nose, lots of Riesling character as well as the luscious Botrytis, there is toast and such opulent sweetness, full, peach and apricot and fat limey acidity, extending into an endless finish. Lovely creaminess and intensity. Price for a half bottle, for the previous vintage at time of review.
(2020) With 160g/l of residual sugar, Jules tells me there was a lot of Botrytised fruit in the blend. Nice nose, a touch of Sauvignon Blanc character, herbal, a bit of pungency, then the honey and glycerine, the cold tea aromas, and on the palate full nectarine and orange acidity, tangerine and a delicious touch of creamy vanilla fleshing out the finish. No UK stockists at time of review.
(2020) An unusual sweet Pinot Noir, with 133g/l of sugar and 10% alcohol. Medium pale pink, lots of fresh cherry flavours, a touch of nectarine and a little bite of plum-skin acidity - maybe a touch of tannin just to add a little grip to the sweet, clean, enjoyable finish. Fun and very good. No UK retailers listed at time of review. Price for a half bottle.
(2020) From a great Sauternes vintage and one of the very top estates, expectations were high, but were fully met. I've tasted a few 2001s recently, and would say this is the pick of the bunch. From a half bottle, this retains a bright, golden hue whilst some cellared at the same time are considerably darker. On the nose there is lusciousness, with barley sugar and marmalade, but something brighter than pierces through, maybe somewhere between preserved lemon and salt, but it gives a distinctive, agile aromatic character. In the mouth, full glycerine-rich sweetness and unctuous texture, between nectarine juice and honey, but again that focus, that needle-sharp accuracy to the acidity, the edge of bitter orange, and such lovely length and balance. A fabulous Sauternes which is drinking so well now from the half bottle, but will certainly age further.