Canterbury Wines: Dessert Whites

By: Canterbury Wines  06-Dec-2011
Keywords: Wine

Australian & New Zealand

    2005 Decanter World Wine Awards, BEST DESSERT WINE UNDER £10; Tyson Stelzer - 94 points    $26.95 per bottle

    "It has an intensity of flavour which explains why it has such an armada of gold medals and trophies" - James Halliday, 96 points; "One of Australia's greatest sweet wines.. Heady stuff here" - Ray Jordan, 96 points; "The best Patricia Noble Riesling of the decade.. We couldn't spit it out" - Winewise, Outstanding; "Their sweet wines are superb.. a very sweet, succulent palate that's delightfully tangy and elegant - Epicure Uncorked *****; "Staggeringly good wine here, with strong botrytis influence.. The palate's seamless, delivering a tube of rich, luscious apricot flavours and smooth, luscious texture.. Superb" - Nick Stock, 95 points    $32.50 per bottle

     " Its best features are its balance, line and extreme length, similar to that of 02" - James Halliday, 95 points; "A remarkably compete and complex, smooth, polished and luscious dessert wine .. with exceptional elegance and balance" - Jeremy Oliver, 95 points; Tyson Stelzer - 95 points; "Reserved and complex, still deep fruited three fruits crystallised citrus and pure botrytis sea saltiness. Fine and pure in the mouth too, creamy down the middle with concentrated glace pear and peach flavours. A long, lush finish with just the right balancing acid and oak nuttiness to close. Smart sweet wine this, which will evolve well for a decade." Tim White, The Age - 10/10; "Impeccably balanced" - Peter Forrestal; "The best yet..This is a world-class wine" - Jeff Gordon   $27.95 per bottle

    DUAL TROPHY WINNER; "Has classic lime juice, on a potent and long palate, with very good balancing acidity" - James Halliday, 94 points; "Delivers its kicks the moment it arrives in the mouth, zinging with minerals and lemon juice acidity with sweet treats scooped on top.. Worth every cent" - Tony Love *****   $22.50 per bottle

      Multiple Trophy winner; Best Sweet Wine 2008 Winestate Magazine Wine of the Year Awards; "An absolute gem from Marlborough.. a thrilling combination of sweetness, fruit and acidity makes this a memorable drink. Lots of botrytis" - Huon Hooke, 96 points; "Whoever gets the pleasure of drinking this wine with you will love you forever because it is New Zealand's finest sweet wine" - Matthew Jukes and Tyson Stelzer, Top 10 Sweet Wines; Nick Stock - 95 points ; "This beauty romped straight to a five-star rating on all panellists' score-sheets. Golden, with a powerful 'noble rot' influence, it is lush and long.. showing outstanding sugar/acid balance, freshness and elegance" - Winestate *****; "Pure, focussed, nectar-like flavours. Juicy and clean with a zesty fruit brightness and an orange toffee richness to the racy, long finish. Irresistible" - 2007 NZ International Wine Show, Trophy Champion Sweet Wine   $39.95 per bottle

      "Has a very intense nose of marmalade and honey from the noble rot.. On palate very sweet, luscious and unctuous, the botrytised fruit is the feature.. Beautiful nuances of florals show, along with racy acidity which provides perfect cut, liveliness and tension. The finish is very long and lingering" - Raymond Chan, 18.5+ points *****; "A pure honeyed botrytis influence. Not excessively sweet, thanks in part to a good balance of fresh acidity. Supple, balanced and appealing wine. Excellent value" - Bob Campbell MW, 91 points   $29.95 per bottle


   "An extraordinary effort, Yquem's 1990 is a rich and fabulously superb, sweet wine.. An awesome Yquem!" - Robert Parker, 99 points; "Truly superb.. Doesn't get much better than this" - Wine Spectator, 95 points    $495.00 per bottle

   "The 1975 may turn out to be the greatest of the modern-day Yquems.. it may rival the extraordinary 1937 and 1921.. a monumental effort that may well justify a perfect score in another decade" Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate - 99 points; "A great Yquem" - Wine Spectator, 97 points    $675.00 per bottle

The information in this article was current at 02 Dec 2011

Keywords: Wine

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