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5 December @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Dessert Wine

  • Based in the Colchagua Valley just south of Santiago, Vina Casa Silva as a winery was re-established in 1997. It was done so my Mario Silva a fourth generation descendant from one of Chile’s oldest winemaking dynasties. On their own, both Semillon and Gewürztraminer make superb sweet wines. This blend however is a true synergistic combination; the sum of the whole is greater than the sum of the parts. A melange of honey, orange blossom, apricot, lychee and rose water with balanced acidity so the wine doesn’t come across as cloying. Try with apple or mango based desserts or bliss out on Munster cheese - often with a sprinkling of cumin seeds - but will also go with most stinky cheeses including Epoisses, Maroilles and Stinking Bishop - social distancing advised!
  • Château du Levant is the Second Wine of Château Liot which belongs to the David family. Located in Barsac, the property makes the most of the microclimate characteristic of the Sauternes region. The vineyard is run according to the concept of Reasoned Agriculture. Produced from 85% Sémillon, 10% Sauvignon, 5% Muscadelle Noble Rot grapes The sweet white young are delicious, they are slightly jammy but still retain acidity. With age they evolve on more concentrated aromas, such as the bitter orange confit and small notes of salted butter caramel. Lovely with lemon tart, roquefort or livarot cheese or maple-glazed pork belly with candied pecans
  • De Bortoli Wines is a third generation family wine company, established by Vittorio and Giuseppina De Bortoli in 1928. They emigrated to Australia from their mountain village in the foothills of the Italian Alps, near the historic town of Asolo, and their Italian heritage still drives the way the family makes its wine. Vittorio's Italian family values remain at the core of De Bortoli, with a culture of hard work, generosity of spirit and the sharing of good food, good wine and good times with family and friends. Deen De Bortoli created his Vat Series with the idea of developing a range of delicious, full-flavoured wines at an affordable price. Deen personally selected the blends and chalked the numbers on the vats to identify them. The Vat Series includes traditional varietal wines and also wines made from interesting, newer varieties to Australia. Deen established a benchmark in Australian Botrytis Semillon with his intimate knowledge of local vineyards. Fruit is harvested from their own vineyards in Riverina and a couple of selected growers that produce Botrytis Semillon especially for De Bortoli Wines.
    The fruit ripened slowly over the summer months due to growing conditions with little rain falling until mid March which instigated the botrytis in the vineyard. Further showers over the next month kept the botrytis ticking along until we achieved a desired sugar content with plenty of botrytis present. Harvest began early May and lasted six weeks. Layers of nectarines, quinces, citrus flavours with a subtle hint of nougat nuttiness. Subtle oak interplay adds to the texture and a well balanced acidity gives length and structure to this delicious wine. A wine that can be enjoyed with a lovely selection of cheeses and dried fruits as your dessert or after dinner. It can also be served with an Exotic Fruit Sorbet or Peach Melba Vegetarian
     
  • The vineyard of Domaine de Grange Neuve is close to the town of Pomport near Bergerac in the heart of Périgord. The vineyards are on the slopes of the valley of the Dordogne at an altitude of between 50 and 180 metres. Belonging to the Pichon and Castaing family - the winery has grown from a small farm with just 4 hectares of vines in 1898 to a vineyard of 70 hectares today. A blend of Semillon with a little Muscadelle and Sauvignon Blanc. Rivals many of its more expensive neighbours in Sauternes. A fabulous dessert wine, sweet and luscious with a great backbone of fine acidity for a clean finish. The nose is fresh with classic botrytis marmalade and ripe nectarine. Flavours on the palate are richer: honey with a finishing twist of bitter orange. Fab with apple pie & cream, colston basset, stilton or beenleigh blue cheeses or walnuts Vegan
  • Château Changyu Moser XV lies just west of Beijing in the province of Ningxia, in China’s most renowned wine-growing region. The winery has its roots in the Changyu company, founded in 1892 when Chinese diplomat Zhang Bishi imported more than 500,000 vines from the US and Europe, paving the way for Chinese wine production. Gold Diamond Golden Valley Icewine from the Liaoning region and produced from the Vidal grape variety.
    A world-class Chinese ice wine of thrilling purity and intensity, offering an array of quince, apricot, pineapple, dry figs, baked tangerine, green olives and sea-weed aromas. A persistent zesty freshness with a bit of toffee on the back-palate, and some smoky old cask character. Polished wine with excellent concentration. Absolute bliss with gorgonzola, roquefort or parmigiano-reggiano, salty nuts, anchovies, pâté or grilled eel with cajun spices    
  • Hunter’s is a small owned estates, situated in the Wairau River Valley, Marlborough. Jane Hunter OBE is a highly trained viticulturist and together with the talents of her winemaker (and nephew) James MacDonald, Hunter’s wines has achieved an enviable reputation for producing some of the world’s finest Sauvignon Blancs. All the vineyards at Hunter’s are certified sustainable, ensuring the methods being used are the safest possible for the environment, protecting the people that work and live within and around the vineyard and ultimately anyone who enjoys the wine. The area produces grapes with a very complex and developed flavour, with intense varietal flavour – a hallmark of the Wairau River Valley. With over 80 gold medals awarded in competitions, both nationally and internationally, the Hunter’s range is of exceptional calibre. James MacDonald is meticulous in his winemaking approach, creating a unique style based on the intense and very pure fruit characteristics typical of the region’s wines. Hunter’s create quality wines that never cease to inspire. The name Hukapapa comes from the Maori language and literally translates to mean frost/ice. This wine has wonderful aromas of lime, orange and stone fruit on the nose. The luscious palate has concentrated honeyed, citrus, marmalade flavours with a long lingering finish. Fab with nachos & melted cheese with jalapeño & freshly squeezed lime juice, antipasto, tripe, spring rolls or fruit salad
  • The Royal Tokaji Wine Company was established in 1989 in the village of Mád in the Tokaji region and is a joint venture 63 local growers led by Istvan Szepsy, who was a descendant of the legendary Mate Szepsy, and foreign investors, among those the celebrated wine author Hugh Johnson. Hugh has put all his effort into preserving the unique values of the Tokaji region to create high quality aszú wines and pioneered the production of single vineyard wines. Today, The Royal Tokaji Company has become one of the most famous wineries in Tokaji. Fine Tokaji wines became almost extinct when Hungary fell under Communist rule after the 1939-1945 war when quantity replaced quality. Acknowledged as one of the region's top winemakers, Karoly Ats combines traditional techniques with modern technology to create the award-winning Royal Tokaji range. Tokaji is produced by blending hand-picked shrivelled or 'aszu' berries with top quality base wines (from the Furmint grape variety). A medium amber colour with a nose of orange peel, figs and cinnamon. The sugar on the palate is well-balanced by the fine acidity, leading to a clean, refreshing finish. Will continue to improve over several years but drink now slightly chilled. Just wow with Sichuan or Thai dishes that combine heat and sweetness, stilton cheese, caramelised apple, chocolate pudding or Christmas pudding Vegan
  • North-east Victoria in Australia is famous for fortified wines and one of the family firms at the forefront of production there is Stanton & Killeen. The Stanton family are originally from Suffolk and had their beginnings in the wine trade, like many others, during the gold rush of the mid-18th century. In 1864 Timothy Stanton established a business supplying victuals to the miners and in 1875 sold the first vintage of his fortified wine. They have been producing their vinous gold ever since, through seven generations, and 2015 saw their 150th anniversary as winemakers. This late-harvested and lightly fortified Muscat comes from Rutherglen in Victoria, the home of Australian stickies. Grapey Muscat aromas are followed by raisiny, caramelised sugar flavours making it a world-class pudding wine. Give it a blast with salt cod cakes, pumpkin pie, Christmas pudding  or rich chocolate pudding with salted caramel sauce! Go on! Vegan
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