Wine - Don't miss this - Dessert wines

By Chris Losh

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Part of the trouble with trying to sell sweet wines after a meal is that they have a nasty tendency to cost twice as much as the "main" wine, putting...

Part of the trouble with trying to sell sweet wines after a meal is that they have a nasty tendency to cost twice as much as the "main" wine, putting them out of the price range of many drinkers and offering a ready-made excuse for any waverers.

However, I've tried a couple over the past three months (both from South Africa, oddly enough) that offer really good value for money.

Weisser Riesling Noble Late Harvest 2003, Paul Cluver, Elgin, South Africa

Elgin's cloudy mistiness is probably the best place in South Africa for getting noble rot, though not all are as good as this. It's a mix of the zippy and the heady - lime marmalade, lemons, honeysuckle and apricot all backed with a fresh acidity. £6.50/bottle+VAT @ McKinley Vintners (0207 298 7300)

Noble Late Harvest Chenin Blanc 2004, Joostenberg, Paarl, South Africa

Chenin Blanc, with its naturally high acidity (like Riesling) is a good variety for stickies, and this doesn't disappoint. It's got big, exotic, tropical flavours of quince and pineapple, with some sweet vanilla, too, but the broad acidity carries it and means it's not top heavy.

Contact FMV for prices (0207 921 5300)

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