Something I noticed on a recent trip to France is how much the French enjoy dessert wines.
I love pudding wines and on many occasions would rather finish a meal with a small glass of sweetness rather than have a dessert itself.
There are many ways of making sweet wines and all of them require a little more input. Consequently, they are usually a little more expensive, but you really only need a glass and they often come in half-bottles.
Here are a couple I’ve enjoyed recently. First one is
Lourensford Noble Late Harvest 2009, Stellenbosch (£10.49, half a bottle, sawinesonline.co.uk). South Africa seems to be very good at making dessert wines, and this one is complex. Produced only in exceptional vintages from botrytis-effected Semillon, it would be a stunning end to a dinner.
Tesco Finest Dessert Semillon 2008, Riverina, Australia
This is gorgeous and great value dessert wine. It’s full of honeycomb, apricots, thick cut marmalade and hints of caramel. There is enough acidity to balance it before a long, rich finish. As well as with a fruit dessert, try it with some blue cheese or just by itself.
£6.79 for half a bottle, Tesco.