South Africa’s top desserts in 2012 – best sweet wines

THE STAND-OUT desserts from South Africa this year, the best sweet wine reviews around the world – from the great unfortified Natural Sweets and Noble Lates led by Vin de Constance, Fleur du Cap, Edelkeur and Eminence to the fantastic-value fortified sweets led by Badsberg, Bon Courage, KWV, Nuy and Slanghoek:


UNFORTIFIED DESSERT

Boekenhoutskloof Noble Late Harvest 2009 – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Delheim Edelspatz Noble Late Harvest 2011 – trophy at Trophy Wine Show

Fairview La Beryl Blanc 2011 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide, gold medal at Mondial

Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest 2010 – trophy at Five Nations Challenge, gold medal at Trophy Wine Show

Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest 2011 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide, gold medal at International Wine & Spirit Competition

Four Paws Pictso 2011 – trophy at Michelangelo Awards

Goede Hoop Straw Wine 2010 – double gold medal at Veritas Awards

Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2006 – trophy at International Wine Challenge, gold medal at International Wine & Spirit Competition

Klein Constantia Vin de Constance 2007 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Lourensford Noble Late Harvest 2009 – double gold medal at Michelangelo Awards, gold medal at International Wine & Spirit Competition

Mullineux Straw Wine 2011 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide

Nederburg Private Bin Edelkeur Chenin Blanc Noble Late Harvest 2004 – double gold medal at Veritas Awards

Nederburg Edelkeur Noble Late Harvest 2007 – gold medal at International Wine & Spirit Competition

Nederburg Edelkeur Noble Late Harvest 2008 – trophy at Decanter Awards, gold medal at International Wine & Spirit Competition, double gold medal at Veritas Awards

Nederburg Edelkeur Noble Late Harvest 2009 – gold medal at International Wine & Spirit Competition

Nederburg Edelkeur Noble Late Harvest 2010 – gold medal at International Wine & Spirit Competition

Nederburg Edelkeur Noble Late Harvest 2011 – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Nederburg Eminence Noble Late Harvest 2007 – gold medal at International Wine & Spirit Competition

Nederburg Eminence Noble Late Harvest 2008 – gold medal at International Wine & Spirit Competition, gold medal at International Wine Challenge

Nederburg Private Bin Eminence Noble Late Harvest Muscadel 2009 – gold medal at International Wine & Spirit Competition, gold medal at International Wine Challenge

Nederburg The Winemaster’s Reserve Noble Late Harvest 2010 – trophy at Decanter Awards, gold medal at International Wine Challenge, double gold medal at Veritas Awards

Nederburg The Winemaster’s Reserve Noble Late Harvest 2011 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide, gold medal at International Wine Challenge

Neethlingshof Maria Noble Late Harvest 2012 – highly recommended in Platter’s

Nitida Modjadji Noble Late Harvest 2011 – double gold medal at Michelangelo Awards

Paul Cluver Weisser Riesling Noble Late Harvest 2011 – 5 Stars in Platter’s Guide

Perdeberg Weisser Riesling Natural Sweet 2010 – trophy at Classic Awards

Quoin Rock Simonsberg Vine Dried Sauvignon Blanc 2011 – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Rudera Noble Late Harvest 2010 – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Tierhoek Straw Wine 2007 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

Vondeling Sweet Carolyn 2007 – Top 100 SA Wine Challenge selection

FORTIFIED DESSERT

Badsberg Red Muscadel 2011 – gold medal as Muscadel SA Awards

Bon Courage White Muscadel 2012 – double gold medal at Michelengelo Awards

Boplaas White Muscadel 2011 – gold medal at Muscadel SA Awards

De Wet Red Muscadel 2010 – gold medal at Muscadel SA Awards

Du Toitskloof Hanepoot Jerepigo 2011 – 4½ Stars in Best Value Wine Guide (WineMag.co.za)

KWV Hanepoot Jerepigo 1969 – double gold medal at Veritas Awards

KWV Red Muscadel 1930 – double gold medal at Michelangelo Awards, gold medal at Muscadel SA Awards

KWV Red Muscadel NV – gold medal at Muscats du Monde, gold medal at Muscadel SA Awards

KWV White Jerepigo 1933 – double gold medal at Veritas Awards

KWV White Muscadel 2005 – gold medal at Muscadel SA Awards

Namaqua Red Muscadel NV – gold medal at Muscadel SA Awards

Nuy Red Muscadel 1989 – gold medal at Trophy Wine Show

Nuy Red Muscadel 2010 – double gold medal at Michelangelo Awards

Nuy White Muscadel 1997 – gold medal at Trophy Wine Show

Nuy White Muscadel 2010 – gold medal at Muscadel SA Awards

Rooiberg Red Muscadel 2009 – double gold medal at Veritas Awards, gold medal at Muscadel SA Awards

Signal Hill Pineau de Ludovic NV – highly recommended in Platter’s Guide

Slanghoek Red Muscadel 2011 – gold medal at Muscadel SA Awards

 

For the prices of the above and more dessert wine recommendations, click here. For information about the various judging panels, click here.