This evening I tried a South African Almond Grove Noble Late Harvest Riesling 2003 from Robertson Winery. It’s been lying around since Christmas, when Matthew Jukes recommended it as one of 2005’s 250 Best Wines, and, more importantly in trusted recommendation terms, the nice man at Majestic in Leicester told me to buy some so I did.
I was in a bit of a sweet wine phase at the time, which passed, but it’s coming back. We had Eton mess for pudding so the Almond Grove seemed a good match.
It’s a gentle golden colour, almost like honey. It has quite a heady scent of peaches and apricots, with plenty of honey. Its sweet with a reasonable amount of acidity to cut through it. The honey, peaches and apricots really come alive, and there is a touch of nuttiness, but there’s also an odd medicinal flavour that reminds me of Lockets or Strepsils, not in a really unpleasant way, just a little strange.
I enjoyed a glass, but I think a second would be too rich, although with 10.5% alcohol it wouldn’t send me to sleep.