You will receive a beautifully designed and tastefully packaged case, containing six exclusive wines from South Africa's best winefarms. We have included the collection description, food pairing suggestions, as well as tasting notes for each wine inside the box.
A collection for the sweet tooth and cheese-lovers.
South African dessert wines are nearly synonymous with Constantia, and more specifically its Vin de Constance. It is regarded as one of the world’s greatest sweet wines and the 2015 has caused a real buzz in the European market, with Tim Atkin lauding it as ‘one of the greatest ever vintages of this iconic sticky’. You would think there's no point in looking further…. Well, we beg to differ. Let us take you on a tour through South Africa's dessert wine landscape.
Starting with the Alvi's Drift Muscat de Frontignan, an entry-level but nicely balanced fortified dessert wine made from Muscat grapes that are harvested last to promote sweetness. The Donkiesbaai Hooiwijn is, as the name suggests, a straw wine. Produced in Swartland, the bunches are harvested at peak ripeness and left on straw mats to dry for three weeks to concentrate flavours, acidity and sugar. The technique dates back to pre-Roman times in northern Italy, Greece, and the French Alps. Druk My Niet C68 Puella is another straw wine, produced from Paarl vineyards in the same way. The Spice Route Amos Block is produced from a unique bushvine vineyard of Sauvignon Blanc, planted in 1965. Harvested from mid to late January each year, the grapes are fermented without any additives in old French barrels, and lightly fortified, after which a the wine is left to age in the Swartland heat. The result is a youthful, pale and dry fortified sherry-style wine. Finally, the Beaumont Starboard is a Cape Non-Vintage Port, made from a blend of Tinta Barocca and Pinotage (from five vintages: 2005,’07,’08,’09 and ’11) that was stomped by foot in concrete barrels. Unusual bedfellows, unrefined and unfiltered as per the 'traditional' style, these two varieties come together in a very special and interesting dessert wine.
Food pairing suggestions
Dessert wines are sweet, right? But there's so much more! A good dessert wine will work as well with sweet chocolate or fruit-based desserts, as it does with more savoury dishes like a cheese platter, foie gras or even creamy poultry dishes and sushi! And if you really want to colour outside the lines, grab yourself some Cantucci (Tuscan almond biscotti) and dunk them in your dessert wine, à-la-Vin-Santo. That's right folks, Italian rusks, the grown-up version! No need to bake them yourself, we've included them for you. The Beaumont Port is best enjoyed as a digestif, with sweet desserts, especially dark chocolate or fruit desserts, walnut tart, nuts or fruity Christmas cake, or hard, flavourful, ripe cheeses for a savoury option.