Sweet & Fortified
Sweet wines is an enormous category in wine terms. Every country has an expression, whether it be through fortification, such as Vintage Port, or through fungal infection(Botrytis) like Sauternes. In reality some of the worlds finest wines are sweet wines, often the production techniques are financially prohibitive, which makes these wine makers true artisans.
Croft is a popular vintage port producer, established in 1736 by the Croft family. Known for producing brilliant tawny ports, as well as their distinctive ruby ports, characterised by ripe, luscious, powerful fruits. The Pink port is the first of its kind to enter the wine scene. Its a rose style of port that extracts a small amount of colour from the skins of the grapes, witho…
This Madeira is a velvety dark brown colour, with an intensity of flavour to match. Its full-bodied and packed with luscious fragrant fruits. This is best paired with an indulgent desert, or a savoury cheese. Delicious.
This is a great all-rounder, its medium dry so can be matched to a range of occasions. Theres a lively fruitiness on the nose, with nuts and dried fruit coming through on the palate, all topped off with a delicious finish.
The Verdelho grape produces a medium-dry Madeira. The 15 year old is a beautiful dark gold colour, and has lots of fruit and hints of wood on the nose. The palate offers dried fruits with notes of honey and chocolate, with a long finish.
Taking the second sweetest grape variety used in Madeira (Bual), and ageing for 15 years creates a luscious and intense wine, full of complex aromas and flavours of dried fruits. This is a full bodied Madeira, with an excellent balance of acidity and sweetness, topped off with a deliciously lengthy finish.
The addition of Moscatel to the Palomino and Pedro Ximenez grapes enhances the sweet flavours of this sherry. Notes of raisin, dried nuts and toasted sugar all combine in this deliciously indulgent drink. Drink over ice, or pour over some vanilla ice cream for a lovely dessert.
This is a medium sweet Sherry from Williams and Humbert, made from a combination of Palomino and Pedro Ximenez grapes. Aged for at least 6 years, it is slightly sweetened during this process making it more versatile in that it can be matched with...
Described as being half way between an Oloroso and an Amontillado, the Dos Cortados Solera from Williams and Humbert is aged for an average of 20 years producing a deep and rich flavour, balanced with the perfect level of acidity. This will be delicious with...
With a definite nutty, yeasty flavour Tio Pepe from En Rama is the perfect wine to have as an aperitif alongside olives, oily fish and nuts such as almonds. The flavour is complex with notes of citrus, lemon and orange alongside the nuttiness. This is the 10th release of this wine and master blender Antonio Flores states that it is 'the definition of perfect harmony'.
Intense ruby colour, now just beginning to open out. Rich, complete, multidimensional nose, displaying elements of both youth and maturity. Aromas of ripe berry fruit, liquorice and butterscotch with scented violet notes. The palate is now...