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Top Dessert Wine Picks

Following on from our Dessert wines article this month (read it here), here are our top picks for July/August! These sweet, luscious after-dinner drinks can accompany many kinds of fruit desserts and are perfect with blue or soft cheeses - we highly recommend taste-testing!



2018 Personal Reserve Late Picked Traminer – $40

This late harvest Gwürztraminer was produced using only the highest quality Adelaide Hills fruit, having developed an extraordinary depth of flavour due to the extreme 2017 growing season. TASTING This wine has everything you could possible want in the dessert style, being fragrant and complex. This luscious wine is bursting with fresh pineapple and lychee flavours with a soft floral finish. FOOD MATCH Strawberries and cream, or a decadent cheese and antipasto platter. CELLARING Up to 10 years.

TEMPUS TWO 2015 Pewter Boytrytis Semillon – $30

Pewter is Tempus Two's regal wine series, delivering a premium experience that embodies all Tempus Two has to offer. TASTING A powerful and rich botrytis wine showing the classical hallmarks. Lifted citrus fruit flavours balanced with restrained acidity, the wine finishes with elegance and finesse. FOOD MATCH Pair this wine with a variety of desserts including lemon tart or soft, blue cheese. CELLARING 20+ years.


This breathtaking wine is blend of 10 and 15 year old Muscat. It is rich and intense. Perfect for sipping by the fire with friends. TASTING This mature Muscat has a bouquet of raisins and spices, luscious on the palate with toffee characters. FOOD MATCH Premium dark chocolate. CELLARING This wine has already been matured in barrels and no further aging in the bottle is required.



Fortified Tawny – $33

An exciting interpretation of fortified wine. Light caramel and coffee, with hints of vibrant amber. The aromas are of spicy fruit cake and raisins. The bubbles lift these notes and are precipitous of the flavours to come. TASTING The palate is rich, sophisticated and has depth from the aged Tawny components. The mid palate displays a blend of ripe spicy fruit, toffee and caramel. As it lingers subtle vanillin oak and nutty aged walnuts add to the overall complexity. FOOD MATCH Enjoy with chocolate mud cake or dark chocolate tart. CELLARING Serve very cold – move from the fridge into the freezer an hour prior to serving.

EMMA'S COTTAGE 2019 Pheobe – $30

Though not strictly a dessert wine, Phoebe is a little sweet with a lovely light blush – a bit like her namesake, a pale strawberry blond, a sweet young lady who has an answer for everything. TASTING Made with Semillon and Verdelho with just a hint of Shiraz there is a taste of sweet guava, ripe lime and a touch of delicious apple. FOOD MATCH Perfect with a seafood laksa or Sri Lankan chicken curry or with a sweet date and walnut log. CELLARING Enjoy now.

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