Best Dessert Wines

Best Dessert Wines

Dessert wines are an underappreciated delicacy, and that's great news for us drinkers because it keeps the prices down! They're also more versatile than the name suggests, try a Sauternes with pâté or cheese as a starter to see what we mean. Dessert wine is often made from late harvested grapes, which contain a higher concentration of sugar.

This concentration may be further increased by ‘noble rot,’ a fungus which removes water from the grapes, leaving the concentrated sugar behind. It also adds a beguiling complexity to the wines, such as Sauternes, which it affects. Yet another method is achieved by harvesting frozen grapes during the winter time and pressing them before they thaw. This allows the grapes to be pressed, separating the sweet grape from the frozen water, resulting in a rich and concentrated fruit juice with a very pure fruity taste. Dessert wine produced in this manner is known as ice wine and can have a spicier and fuller bodied texture compared to late-harvested varieties.

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  1. Stellar Heaven on Earth Sweet Muscat

    Western Cape, South Africa

    Moreish apéritif that has an attractive quince-like quality

    £9.75 a bottle

  2. Domaine Bousquet Fortified Malbec

    Mendoza, Argentina

    A beguiling combination of cassis, chocolate, coffee and plum flavours.

    £12.95 a bottle

  3. DOC Verdicchio dei Castelli di Jesi Passito Curina

    Marche, Italy

    Amazing sweet Verdicchio wine.

    £16.50 a bottle

  4. AOC Sauternes Château Dudon

    Bordeaux, France

    A hedonistic treat from the great sweet wine region of the world. 91 Points - The Wine Gang

    £18.50 a bottle

  5. Meinklang Icewine

    Burgenland, Austria

    This wine is made from Traminer grapes that have been harvested in temperatures of minus 7 and below.

    £18.95 a bottle

  6. Fasoli Gino DOCG Recioto di Soave San Zeno

    Veneto, Italy

    Breathtakingly good sweet wine that has a clear taste of honeyed apricots and almonds. Gold Medal - Millesime Bio 2016

    £27.00 a bottle

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