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Nectar of the gods...

Posted by Michael Cooch on July 22, 2010 (0 Comments)

This really is a fun job...getting the chance to taste some really exraordinary British Fruit Wines. It was back in New Zealand when I first developed a taste for fruit wines...I remember the Fejoa Sparkling Wine as a particular highlight (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Feijoa for those who aren't kiwi's!!).

I tasted a few from Carr Taylor a couple of weeks ago and finally got around to writing up the reviews...they are all dessert wines and SERIOUSLY good. I know they are famous for their award-winning Methode champenoise and have, on a number of occasions, beaten the French at their own game! But I digress...

I was a little spoilt for choice but here are a couple of my favourites (you can buy them on the site but be prepared for those dozen bottles to be gone before you know what's happening!!).

OK, let's start with their Cherry Dessert Wine...A mellow ruby colouring with a proud cherry nose.  Warm vanilla and raisin undertones, reinforced by the sweetness shield the wine against an over-tartness. A perfect match for soft cheeses such as brie or camembert or with a warm apple pie and ice cream – 8.5 out of 10
 
Then into the Prune Dessert Wine...You can tell before you take the first sip that this is going to be a high-performing winter warmer. The warm orange shade and spicy stewed stone fruit aroma is welcoming. A very smooth, but dense, mouthful drawing strong parallels to a finos sherry, with a hint of Moscatel. Try as an apertif or match with scallops and herb butter – 8 out of 10

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