The category for last year’s Diners Club Winemaker of the Year Competition was dessert wines and Razavn Macici, Nederburg cellarmaster, was faced with an embarrassment of choice. He eventually winnowed his thirty plus candidates down to seven. A statistic which speaks volumes about sticky quality in SA. Razvan went on to win the award which surprised no-one but himself. Our terroir choices:
Top Ten Terroir Stickies
1.) Deetlefs Hanepoot, 2009, Breedekloof
Fruit intensity and exotic perfumes, herbal and nutty.
2.) Dornier Froschkönig Natural Sweet, 2009, Stellenbosch
Freshly baked apples and pears, good balance between acid and sugar.
3.) Groot Constantia Grand Constance, 2009, Constantia
Sweet honey, pineapple and apricot jam with fynbos notes, fat and syrupy.
4.) Klein Constantia Vin de Constance, 2007, Constantia
Pineapple marmalade, orange peel and pith with a lively sweet and sour palate.
5.) La Vigne NLH, 2011, Franschhoek
Creamy lemon curd, dried apricots and honey.
6.) Lemberg Surin, 2011, Tulbagh
Toffee, chocolate v. Sweet toffee-apple, asparagus raisins, incredible freshness.
7.) Meerendal Chenin Blanc Natural Sweet, 2009, Durbanville
Huge blockbuster style with flavours of honey and quince marmalade, super creamy.
8.) Mellasat Tuinwyn Straw Wine, 2010, Paarl
Fresh and intense rooibos tea and quince marmalade, herbal dried fruits, nuts and figs.
9.) Paul Cluver Riesling NLH, 2011, Elgin
Quince marmalade and citrus peel. Terrific acid/sugar balance. Creamy, tropical and floral. World class.
10.) Thelema Vin de Hel Muscat Late Harvest, 2008, Stellenbosch
Rich and ripe, abundant apricots, litchi and intense granadilla.