FOUR SWEET WINES WITH ARMIN

At the moment I have the problem that many of the dry whites in my cellar are coming out oxidised. I am not sure why. But my sweet wines are fine. Armin is my fishing friend. He is in the fishing industry. He is teaching me how to fish and I am teaching him about wine.

We frequently watch fishing programmes together particularly “Chasing Monsters’ and sometimes “Monster fish.” These are four sweet whites we drank together while watching fishing programmes.

ROYAL TOKAJI 2006- 5 PUTTONYES.

I don’t have tasting notes for this wine. It did not impress me as much as the 2000 vintage. But it still had the intense sweetness and concentration associated with the Tokaji wines. Alcohol only 10%.

The back label reads “The Aszu or desert wines of the Tokaji region in northeast Hungary have been considered the world’s finest since the 17th century. The natural conditions of the volcanic soil, hot summers, foggy autumns, indigenous grape varieties and yeasts, deep cellars and above all the genius of Magyar creators have withstood 400 years of change. Royal Tokaji 5 puttunyos indicates the sweetness. The rich colour of this wine is balanced with uplifting acidity due to the unique wine production process.” 

KLEIN CONSTANTIA VIN DE CONSTANCE 2014- NATURAL SWEET WINE.

I purchased the wine from Klein Constantia in 2017 ( I think) and drank it with Armin in 2018 with another friend, Jonathan, whilst watching a fishing programme. I had kept it in my cellar for a year. It was deeper in colour than I remember from the tasting of the wine the previous year at the cellar. It also lacked the subtle fragrance or bouquet at the wine farm. Alcohol- 14%.

However, it was a magnificent wine, very rich and delicious on the palate. Armin said it was the best wine he had ever drunk in his life.

KLEIN CONSTANTIA ESTATE WINE VIN DE CONSTANCE-2004

NATURAL SWEET WINE 14% alc- CONSTANTIA.

Drank with Armin and Freddie at my house on the 5/2/ 2020. Colour- amber. Copper. Rim much darker than the centre. Nose- honey. Cream. Palate- Sweet, full, slight bitterness. Rich, honey, good length. Intense, flawless. An outstanding wine showing that Vin de Constantia can age. Perhaps not as long as the great wines of Sauternes but that question hangs in the balance?

NEDERBURG AUCTION RESERVE 1998 – EDELKEUR.

CHENIN BLANC NOBLE LATE HARVEST. WINE OF ORGIN PAARL.

It says on the back label “Edelkeur – Chenin Blanc Noble late Harvest 1998.

Since1975 the year of the first Nederburg Auction all Nederburg Auction Wines have been made especially especially for the Nederburg Auction.

The unique Nederburg Edelkeur is made from hand selected grapes enriched by Botrytis. These special grapes are then transformed into a full rich golden rich natural desert wine of noble complexity which has excellent maturation potential.

Product of South Africa Wine- Wine of origin Paarl. Alc 13% 375 ml. “

I don’t have tasting notes for this wine but it was drunk in 2019. It was very concentrated, very rich intense and elegant with a lovely bouquet. Still very youthful for a wine of this age 22 years! Magnificent!

Out of interest the fact that the grape used Chenin Blanc harkens back to the desert wines made in the Loire, France. If my memory serves correct the Nederburg Edelkeur 1975 was the first Botrytis or known as Noble Late Harvest wine to made in South Africa.

For some reason Botrytis was illegal or not permitted in SA until then. I might be wrong but I am sure I am right. It seems strange as South Africa produces botrytis wines with such ease. 

NEDERBURG AUCTION RESERVE EDELKEUR- CHENIN BLANC NOBLE LATE HARVEST 1997.

Drunk 15th/ 3/ 2019 – 21 years old!

Colour- burnished copper. Nose- honey sugar. Palate- delicious. Rich, intense, slight acidity. Brilliance?

What an extraordinary wine- the funny thing is I opened a bottle of the same wine a week later and it was a right off. There is bottle variation for you.

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