Tasting Notes: A sweet end to a long lunch

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Matthew Jukes and Tyson Stelzer, authors of Taste Food and Wine

Matthew Jukes and Tyson Stelzer, authors of Taste Food and Wine

Choose the right wine every time - Taste Food and Wine 2008 by Matthew Jukes and Tyson Stelzer

Spring has sprung and with fine weather comes fine lunches that span the afternoon. If you're matching wines with your lunchtime treats, you can't forget desert. Tyson Stelzer and Matthew Jukes from Taste 2008 Food and Wine bring us a top 10 of sweet and fortified wines under $30 that may transition your lunch into dinner time.

Angoves All ‘Uovo Bookmark Marsala NV
It’s all ‘uover for you after you get stuck into this bottle of liquefied caramel and toffee! It really is a great wine for 6 bucks, and a 750ml bottle will easily do seconds for ten people at a dinner party. That’s 60c each, you cheapskate! Make sure you serve it ice cold and don’t forget to hide the bottle so no one will know. It’s just the thing with pecan pie, sticky ginger cake, sticky toffee pudding, or toasted marshmallows around the campfire.

Brown Brothers Special Late Harvest Orange Muscat and Flora 2007
If it ain’t broke don’t try to fix a bloody thing – 2007 OM&F is a cracker. It’s even tighter and zippier than usual, but still with that heavenly Clementine juice aroma and spicy ginger and honeysuckle flavour. This is a delightfully refreshing sweetie with low alcohol, so you’d better get the big bottle – seriously! Yum.

Brown Brothers Moscato 2007
The brothers Brown have done it again. When it comes to sweetie cheapies, these boys rule the known universe. This is a fresh, spicy, ginger-flavoured soda bomb, and with less than half the alcohol that you’d expect, you can down it straight from the bottle.

Brown Brothers Zibibbo NV
This is Muscat, transformed into a mandarin and orange-flavoured sweetie. It is desperately delicious even though you might feel like a kid drinking such ridiculously fruity wine! Chill it ice cold and then watch your friends grin from ear to ear. Chocolate deserts are the call of the day. We find a Mars Bar hit the right note socially!

Eldredge Clare Valley Gold Late Harvest Riesling 2007
Goodness me this is an interesting style of wine. It is only just medium sweet and the grapiness is the main driving force here. You can match it to fruity desserts or just drink it on its own – either way it’s a very grown up sweet wine!

Stella Bella Margaret River Pink Muscat NV
This bubbly pink sweetie is for those of you called Daniel on weekdays and Danielle on weekends. We have found your wine! Not only is it the right size to fit into your baguette bag, this is one that will impress your friends with its length… on the palate. It’s a cheeky blend of grapes and pink panties that is guaranteed to knock your socks and whatever else you like off!

Skillogalee Harvest Gold Sticky Riesling 2005
Skilly tastes like really nice waxy honey, with elements of fresh orange blossom and sweet lemons. It’s not a super-sweet wine, and it won’t stand up to toffeed or sugary desserts, which makes it just the right shape for lemon tarts and other light or fruit-based desserts. For something different, try it ice-cold in a small glass as a really sexy apéritif.

Baileys of Glenrowan Founder Liqueur Muscat NV
Wicked value! This is the classic coffee and chocolate truffle combination wine that we have all been looking for. The old mahogany colour is enlivened with high-tone raspberry bush hues and awesome burnt sugar flavours. This is a full-sized bottle, and it looks and tastes expensive, so you’re in for a real treat.

Campbells Rutherglen Tokay NV
Crunchy butterscotch, burnt toffee, the ‘sunroof’ on a crème brûlée and any other ridiculously decadent really sweet thingy are all wedged into this wine. Australians think they know what amber nectar is. This actually is Aussie amber nectar! The length on the palate and phenomenal value for money make this the greatest value fortified wine of the year. Also try Campbells Rutherglen Muscat NV ($20, same stockists) for an even more gloopy and figgy treat.

Bimbadgen Estate Myall Road Botrytis Semillon 2006
This is a total and utter honeysuckle frenzy in the glass! Marmalade and peach also make an appearance and jostle for attention. This is a very smart wine that can easily stand up to good Sauternes (from Bordeaux) but at a fraction of the price. This was the standout wine in our sweet Semillon class – well done guys!


Reproduced with permission. © Copyright Matthew Jukes and Tyson Stelzer 2007

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