Today was a big day in British sport. A huge day in UK cycling. You may not have noticed. UK Cycling was busy sending the Tour of Britain the wrong way this weekend, whilst Nicole Cooke was winning the UCI World Cup, with a race in hand. Go Nicole! Time for a sweet wine to celebrate.
I had a Chilean Concha y Toro Late Harvest Sauvignon Blanc 2002 from Tesco. It’s a beautiful, warm golden colour. It smells deliciously of honey and melon and apricots with just a touch of dried fig and orange. There’s a hint of noble rot, but it’s not overwhelming.
It’s sweet, but not cloying, and has a lively acidity to balance it. It feels full and warming in the mouth, but at just 11.5% it’s the fruit that’s doing it, not the alcohol. The honey taste continues, with cantaloupe and marmalade and orange juice and allspice.
At around £6 a half bottle it’s great value, and it’s lovely with a dessert, or even as a dessert. Enjoy!