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Wednesday Round-up - the 2004 edition
Sue Courtney's tasting notes from the First Glass Fine Wine Wednesday $15 tastings

May 2004
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Sue Courtney's Fine Wine Wednesday tasting notes were recorded for First Glass Wines and Spirits in Takapuna for publication on their website. These notes are archival and may have been deleted from their site by now.
Where two prices are listed they indicate normal retail and the 'special' price on the night. Check out www.first-glass.co.nz for current availability and pricing. New Zealand readers can purchase the wines online from there.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting - 26 May 2004
New Zealand versus the Classic Regions
All wines were tasted blind.

This was a tasting with a difference in two distinct ways.
Firstly, the wines following the pre-taster were presented in pairs with one glass containing a New Zealand wine and the other wine containing a wine from a region that is known as a classic for that grape or style.
Secondly, with Kingsley taking a well-deserved holiday in sunnier climes, the ebullient Peter Cordes, a First Glass regular who also works in the wine industry, hosted the tasting. Consequently the tasting took a more educational slant.

The palate tickler
Rosemount 'V' Chardonnay Pinot Noir NV
A yeasty, bready flavoured, pale straw coloured bubbles with zesty effervescence and good upfront attack, a hint of orange liqueur then apples leading into a steely dry finish. Crisp and refreshing.
12.5% alc. $12.95 special.

First Pair
Vasse Felix Chardonnay 2002 - Margaret River, Western Australia
Bright in colour, a little earthy and mealy on the nose, creamy and smooth in the palate with good mouth feel and weight, ripe peachy stonefruit richness, a nutty oak finish and the "je ne sais que" that to me is distinctly Aussie.
14% alc. $24.95/$21.95.

Palliser Estate Chardonnay 2002 - Martinborough
Showing slightly greenish tinges and a gemmy brilliance to the light gold colour, it smells of toasty oak and tropical fruit has a mealy richness to the apricot juice and citrus flavour with a cedary complexity to the long smooth finish.
13.5% alc. $31.95/$27.95. Screwcap.

Synopsis: Both excellent wines. Vasse Felix fooled a lot of people to its origin as it seemed to me quite Hawkes Bay-like but the bright acidity in the Palliser had to pin point this wine as the Kiwi.

Second Pair
Spy Valley Riesling 2002 - Marlborough
Light in colour and shy in aroma though plenty of character in the mouth with a well-balanced blend of honey, lemon, apple and ginger, this dryish style has good palate weight and lots of zesty acidity. Long and pure in its flavour, the finish is a little nutty while freshly squeezed lemon juice and lemon grass flavours linger nicely.
12.5% alc. $17.95/$15.95.

Donnhoff Riesling 2000 - Nahe, Germany
Straw yellow in colour, lightly floral on the nose and quite evocative in the palate with a honeyed sweetness balanced to a lemon and lime blossom zestiness. It is lighter in palate weight and has more sugar sweetness than its partner and with its fantabulous acid/sweetness balance it shows off its Riesling purity with style. There's a delicious juiciness throughout and a honey beeswax character to the slightly earthy finish.
9.5% alc. $26.95/$23.95.

Synopsis: Both wines had lovely Riesling purity. The Spy Valley was dry and showed the fruit expression of Riesling really well but the sweeter Donnhoff with its low alcohol and meticulous balance just had the x-factor on the day.

Third Pair
Faiveley Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2000 - Burgundy, France
A transparent brick red colour, just a little bit denser in appearance than a Rosé, quite earthy on the nose with hint of cherry liqueur, and light to medium-bodied in the palate with dry tannins, strawberry and faintly cherry fruit. Slightly metallic with emerging barnyard characters and an earthy mushroomy finish, there's not much fruit expression at all in the wine but it does have quite pleasing vinosity, which would make it good with food.
12.5% alc. $33.95.$29.95.

Chard Farm Finla Mor Pinot Noir 2002 - Central Otago
With bright crimson hues to the inky red-black colour, it is far more appealing to the eye than the watery looking Bourgogne. A vibrant wine, ripe and appealing with aromas of macerated black cherries and smoky bacon-like oak, wild thyme and spicy oak in the palate together with sweet cherry fruit and a touch of citrus, good tannins provide a firm backbone and there is a deliciousness to the velvety-textured finish.
13.5% alc. $39.95/$33.95. Screwcap.

Synopsis: There is really no comparison to these Pinot Noirs with the simple 'old world' and rather lean Bourgogne a stark contrast to the opulently fruity and deeply coloured Central Otago 'new world' style.

Fourth Pair
Alpha Domus the Aviator 2000 - Hawkes Bay
Inky black in colour with red rather than purple hues on the rims indicating the wine has a little age, it's richly scented with berry fruit, vanillin oak, earth and a touch of barnyard on the nose. The richness carries through to the concentrated flavours in the mouth where cherry, plum and cassis fruit combine with solid leathery tannins and nicely integrated oak. As it opens up in the glass it becomes quite generous and juicy and the finish is delicious and long. A blend of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Cabernet Franc and Malbec.
14% alc. $59.95/$53.95.

Chateau Potensac Medoc 2000 - Bordeaux, France
Made from 60% Cabernet, 25% Merlot and 15% Cabernet Franc, this has an opaque dense ruby colour with pinky hues on the rims and good aromatics. Earthy and savoury with tobacco-like cedary oak, clean blackcurrant-like fruit, firm tannins, good vinosity and richness and a lovely structure that builds to a creamy richness in the palate. Lovely complexity.
13% alc. $59.95/$53.95..

Synopsis: A fantastic flight with two very good reds that both have plenty to offer. 2000 was a great vintage in Bordeaux and the French wine had great expression but against the Alpha Domus showed it was more vinous than fruity. The Alpha Domus with its wonderful fruit concentration is youthful for its age and will continue to develop in the bottle.

Fifth Pair
Pirramimma McLaren Vale Shiraz 2001 - South Australia
Fantastic rich creamy red-black colour and inviting opulent aromas of spicy American oak and vanilla with a hint of coconut, this is rich and full-bodied in the palate with flavours of cherry ripe chocolate bars, nutty oak and tobacco. Spicy and succulent with a clean, dry finish, this is immediately recognisable as Aussie Shiraz that we know and love.
14.5% alc. $31.50/$27.95.

CJ Pask Gimblett Rd Syrah 2002 - Hawkes Bay
Wonderful colour, a glowing inky purple black, green peppercorns and savoury oak on the nose, slightly sweet juicy mulberry-like fruit with just a touch of citrus in the palate, this is more earthy and leathery with firm tannins and nut chocolate on the lingering dry finish.
13.5% alc. $22.95/$19.95. Screwcap.

Synopsis: Two very different styles, the opulent Aussie with its forward fruit and sweet oak is the one you could easily drink a big glass of without food while the more meaty, savoury and dark fruited Kiwi wine is understated and elegant and the one you would want to pair with food.

Sixth Pair
Waimea Estate Noble Riesling 1999 - Nelson
A clear, bright orange gold colour, it smells of honey, toffee and apricot nectar and tastes intense and sweet with spicy citrus balancing the sweetness to perfection. The texture is thick and nectar-like and the finish is long and clean and the citrus acidity leaves the mouth sweetly refreshed.
12.8% alc. $49.95/$44.95. 375ml bottle. Gold medal & Trophy winner.

Chambers Rutherglen Botrytis Tokay 2000 - Victoria, Australia
Made from Muscadelle grapes, this deep orange-gold wine is even more brilliant in the glass. Apricot, honey and slightly burnt toffee aromas fill the nose while the palate is full of apricot honey and orange toffee with a touch of Euro-like lanolin, a hint of oak and a texture that is so waxy it almost sticks to the tongue. Long, rich and intense, the luscious flavour lasts for ages.
12.2% alc. $39.95/$35.95.

Synopsis: Two very different styles of wines made from botrytised affected grapes, the difference mainly the grape variety. Tasted without food I preferred the freshness of the Riesling to the waxy texture of the Tokay, but both have their place and the food match would probably define the choice, for example the Riesling would match be the Crème Brulee wine while the Tokay would be the Bread Pudding wine.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting - 19 May 2004
New Releases
All wines were tasted blind.

Seaview Blanc de Blancs 2000
A rich toasty bubbles, lemon gold in colour with fruit salad and grilled peach on a creamy buttery texture and a warm bready finish. Good fruit weight. Made from 100% Chardonnay. Reliable and consistent, a good follow-on from the gold medal winning 1999.
12.5% alc. $15.95 special.

Twin Islands Marlborough Chardonnay 2003
Seems quite oaky at first with the creamy influence of malolactic fermentation on the nose. Perfumed in the middle with clean flavours of tropical fruit tending to banana passionfruit, and a hint of pineapple on the slightly oily finish. A simple style but it has its place and you can’t argue with the special price. 13% alc. $16.95/$13.95. Screwcap.

Mt Difficulty Chardonnay 2002 - Central Otago
Bright yellow, fairly smoky, the mealy, yeasty, fig and spicy oak aromas hint to the 50% barrel fermentation that this wine has had. It's a big, full-bodied, ripe buttery wine, fairly warm in the mouth, with flavours of grilled pineapple and savoury oak leading into a dry, slightly spicy, prickly finish. Lingers well.
14.5% alc. $27.95/$24.95. Screwcap.

Chard Farm Judge & Jury Chardonnay 2002 - Central Otago
Greenish tints to the straw gold hue, the nose emits caramel creams and nutty, marzipan-like oak. Quite citrussy in the palate, it's fresh, lively and zesty with a lovely creamy texture, underlying peach and melon flavours and a long, savoury oak finish. Showing its youth, with its bright acidity it will definitely cellar well.
13.5% alc. $34.95. Screwcap.

Lurton Les Salices Viognier 2003 - France
Golden hued, appealingly fragrant and slightly Riesling-like with citrus zest and honeysuckle blossoms on the nose, the soft acidity of the oily textured palate is a surprise. Lovely flavour of apricot and tinned peach juice, the suggestion of oak softens the backbone and sweet fruit with a dried banana-like nuance and perhaps a touch of pineapple sage, lingers. Non-confrontational. Very drinkable. I think it will have wide appeal.
13% alc. $21.95/$19.50.

Peppertree Mulberry Row Cabernet Merlot 2001 – S.E. Australia
Deep red in colour, it's quite attractive on the nose with berry aromas and creamy oak. Earthy and a little tarry in the palate, there's an upfront acid bite then sweet toffee caramel oak, juicy cherries and blackberries and lingering dried tomatoes. Soft, light and easy going, it's a tasty little number for the price.
13.2% alc. $14.95/$11.95.

Vinas de Gain Rioja 2001 - Spain
Dark red coloured and savoury smelling, ripe prune and currant aromas mingle in with tar and dusty oak. It's gutsy with plenty of well-structured earthy tannins, prune and raspberry fruit, liquorice spices, oak sweetness and good acidity that leads into a long bright redcurrant finish with a dark-fruited juicy richness. Very appealing.
13% alc. $35.95/$31.95

Trentham Estate Petit Verdot 2002
The allure of the deep inky blackberry colour continues with the scent of caramel chocolate and tobacco, then continues to please with the juicy flavour of blackberries, blackcurrant, tar and spice. No wonder Petit Verdot adds succulence to a blend, but this 100% Petit Verdot from Trentham Estate is simply delicious on its own.
13.5% alc. $19.95/$17.95.

Henry's Drive Padthaway Shiraz 2002 – South Australia
Blackish red, dense and opaque, it's opulent smelling with cedar, cinnamon stick, dark chocolate and leather fragrances. Robust and flavoursome with spicy oak and fine approachable tannins, currants, prunes, chocolate, toffee, liquorice and mocha lead into a long, savoury, slightly minty finish. A wine with great mouthfeel and weight, it's noticeably dry on the finish for an Aussie red. A wine with balance and finesse that hides its whopping alcohol content.
16% alc. $44.95/$39.95.

Waterwheel Bendigo Shiraz 2002 - Victoria
Opaque black-red with a fragrant combination of raspberry ripple icecream and tar on the nose, there's a tarry richness in the palate too. Well-balanced with jam-like plum and cherry fruit, gripping meaty tannins, heaps of peppery spice, nutmeg and liquorice then good acidity on the long, sweet, minty finish. Rich and weighty with earthy, charcoal-like oak lingering.
14.8%. $25.95/$22.95.

Ulithorne Frux Frugis Shiraz 2002 – McLaren Vale
Inky black with powerfully smoky aromatics layered with rich cherry fruit that leads into cherry jam flavours in the mouth together with chocolate and toasty oak. It's big, rich and spicy with a juicy succulence, a mocha richness, fine tannins and terrific length.
14.5% alc. $54.95/$48.95.

Spy Valley Noble Riesling 2003
Pale in colour and a little oily in it appearance. Sweet-scented with citrus and tinned Bartlett pear juice but thin, light, lean and unbalanced in palate with a matchstick character and a bitter finish. Disappointing to say the least, especially from this label.
12.5% alc. $20.95/$18.50. 500mls.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting - 12 May 2004
Classic Australasian Wine Styles
All wines except the Muscat were tasted blind.

Saint Clair Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2003
Water pale, zingy and zippy with lots of refreshing acidity, it's a little oily in the palate with loads of gooseberry, grass, lime, apple, passionfruit and a long pungent finish. A very good wine with lovely balance, seamless in fact. The first mouthful almost assaults the palate. The second mouthful tames it. By the third mouthful the mouth has adjusted as you realise this is a top class sauvignon that could only be from Marlborough. A youthful with heaps of life ahead of it.
13% alc. $19.95/$17.95. Screwcap.

Grosset Watervale Clare Valley 2003
Bright and clear, a pale straw gold with fresh cut, crisp apple on the nose leading into a super concentrated lime flavoured mouthful with zingy acidity, youthful freshness and a fruity juiciness. Very very dry with lemon pip spiciness, it softens in the palate to a floral and citrus finish. "A world class Riesling, guaranteed to last 20 years", says Kingsley.
13% alc. $41.95/$37.75. Screwcap.

Howard Park Chardonnay 2001
Lemon gold, heaps of butter, caramel and lemon-scented wood polish on the nose, perhaps even 'toasted marshmallows' as someone else suggested, it's a smooth textured, full-bodied wine with pineapple, stonefruits, toasty oak, a nutty richness and a long warm, nutty, buttery finish.
13% alc. $43.95/$32.95.

Villa Maria Single Vineyard Waikahu Chardonnay 2002 (Hawkes Bay)
Well-coloured gold with a honey-coloured hue, grapefruit peel, spicy oak, barrel ferment and malolactic characters dominate the nose and the palate. 'Burgundian' said someone - and because of the dominant winemaking influences it was hard to pinpoint the region, although undoubtably from NZ. It took a while to open up in the glass but soon revealed its rich, mealy-influence stonefruit flavours with spicy oak, a wild yeast funkiness and a long, long, finish.
14.5% alc. $36.95/$32.95. Screwcap.

Johanneshof Marlborough Gewurztraminer 2003
Straw gold. Rich and spicy, off dry with loads of freshly squeezed orange, passionfruit flavours, coriander spice and pink smoker lolly flavours in the oily textured palate. Quite citrussy overall but very concentrated with excellent luscious factor as it lingers with its musky, exotic spices. Trophy at Liquorland Top 100 and 5-stars in Cuisine.
13% alc. $26.95/$23.95.

Te Kairanga Reserve Martinborough Pinot Noir 2003
Garnet red, it's a little bitey with its youthful acidity on the first taste, especially straight after the luscious gewurz, but the palate soon adjusts. Smoky aromas and flavours of cherries, raspberries, tamarillos, bacon and leather with firm dusty tannins, a spicy, savoury wine with a silky texture and a long smoky finish. Powerful and mouthfilling with great length, I think it needs a bit more bottle maturation to see it at its best – give it 6 months.
13% alc. $50.95/$44.95.

D'Arenberg Custodian McLaren Vale Grenache 2001
Densely hued medium red, sweet smelling with smoky oak, berries, leather and a hint of mint, it's light and fruity in the palate with furry tannins, sweet cherry and strawberry fruit, vanillin oak and a minty freshness to the long smoky finish.
14.5% alc. $22.95/$19.95.

Villa Maria Cellar Selection Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon 2002
There's plenty of richness and depth in the crimson/black colour. Vanilla cream scents with plummy fruit, perhaps some cherries, violets too, this is wonderfully balanced and smooth in the palate with meaty oak, a spicy richness and fabulous concentration, flavour and length. Just delicious. World class stuff. Trophy for best Merlot dominant wine at the 2004 Easter Show. Outstanding value.
13% alc. $23.95/$20.95. Screwcap.

Pepperjack Barossa Shiraz 2002
Inky rich deep crimson, this smells like chocolate coated after dinner mints at first but gives way to the creamy spicy oak. Big and bold, lots of juicy tannins, spicy oak and terrific fruit balance with blackberries, cherries, leather and a long, dark savoury finish. Delicious now but has the goods for cellaring.
14% alc. $22.95/$18.95 or $17.95 p.b. by the case.

Jim Barry The Cover Drive Clare/Coonawarra Cabernet 2002
Deep and rich in colour, it reeks of eucalypt on nose and is sweet and jammy in the palate. Full of blackberries and cassis with a touch of citrus-like acidity (but not marmalade), tannins are soft and smooth with integrated vanillin oak. Very easy drinking. Represents good value.
15% alc. $21.95/$18.95 or $17.95 p.b. by the case.

Lindemans St George Coonawarra 1999
Inky, dense black red with slightly fading garnet rims, cedary oak on nose carries through to palate. It's a massive full-bodied grunter of a wine with quite gripping leathery tannins, cassis, currants, chocolatey oak and a long savoury finish. Already 5 years old, it's still quite youthful and there are definitely years ahead in this wine. 1999 was a great year in Coonawarra.
13.5% alc. $50.95/$44.95.

Morris Liquer Muscat NV
Brightly hued golden brown, sweet, thick and syrupy with raisin and orange liqueur flavours, spices, fruit cake, caramel and toffee, it's simply luscious with terrific balance, not cloying at all.
17.5% alc. $20.95/$18.85.

Fine Wine Wednesday Tasting - 5 May 2004
Wines beginning with 'S' - Sauvignon Blanc, Semillon, Sherry, Sangiovese and Shiraz
All wines - except the glorious Chateau Rieussec - were tasted blind.

West Brook Blue Ridge Marlborough Sauvignon Blanc 2002
Bright straw yellow, it smells like an older sauvignon blanc with its soft, grassy, slightly peasy aromas and flavours but it still has lots of lively acidity in the full-bodied, rich palate with a smidgen of oak and lingering citrus on the creamy finish. Good depth of flavour and terrific length, 10% of this wine was barrel fermented.
14% alc. $12.95 special.

Main Divide Sauvignon Blanc 2003
A blend of Marlborough and Canterbury fruit, straw gold coloured, a fruity little number with bright zesty passionfruit, apple, gooseberry and lime. It has lots of acidity and wouldn't want too much chilling. A portion of barrel-aged Semillon adds weight and fullness to finish and it lingers nicely.
12.5% alc. $18.95/$15.95.

Dog Point 'Section 94' Sauvignon Blanc 2002
Yellow gold in colour, this barrel-fermented style of sauvignon has mealy, wild yeast aromas mingling with passionfruit and ginger carrying through to the palate and grapefruit peel lingering on the finish. It's full-bodied, weighty and toasty, an interesting wine from the new partnership of ex-Cloudy Bay employees James Healy and Ivan Sutherland, and slightly reminiscent of Te Koko, which Healy was the catalyst for at Cloudy Bay. Te Koko has a further year in bottle before release. This is more tropical with less maturity, I feel. Very good if you like the style, which I do.
13% alc. $31.95/$28.75.

Lustau Solera Reserva Manzanilla Sanlucar de Barrameda Papirusa (Sherry)
Light straw lemon in colour with an aldehydic nose that would be unacceptable in other styles of wine but is so classically Sherry. Dry with a definite yeasty character, it's also salty with freshly squeezed dry lemon and lime flavours. Made to be drunk quite chilled as a fresh new wine within weeks of bottling, it is the ultimate aperitif! "Eat with grilled sardines" says Steve. He can, but we had several types of olives to try with this wine with at the tasting and they went down a treat. For some of the tasters tonight it was a completely new taste experience.
15.5% alc. $34.95/$21.95.

Margan Hunter Valley Semillon 2002 Golden yellow with a glint of line, Roses lime juice on the nose, it's smoky in the palate with sweet lemon madeira cake, an oily texture and a crisp clean flavour. Good body and weight with good acidity and ripe fruit balance, it has a bright creamy palate and a lime citrus finish. There's nothing too overt about this wine, it's mouthfilling and lingers well. There's no oak at all but it has a smoky toastiness nevertheless. 12.5% alc. $19.95/$17.95.

Leonardo Chianti Sangiovese 2001
Almost opaque, it's a youthful looking black cherry red full of earthy, rustic, tarry flavours with a coating of spice, savoury rather than fruity with chocolate tannins, a touch of mint and a savoury gamey finish. Showing extremely well tonight and excellent value for money.
12.5% alc. $18.95/15.95.

Frescobaldi Nippozzano Riserva Chianti Ruffina 2000
Dense brick red, this is much fruitier than the Leonardo and is riper, richer and cleaner than what I have come to expect from Chianti. Blackberries, plums, smoky oak, game, spice and leather with an underlying juiciness, firm ripe tannins and a long savoury finish. Very classy and good value for what it delivers. Made from 90% Sangiovese.
13% alc. $33.95/29.95.

Vidal Estate Hawkes Bay Syrah 2002
Inky purple black with crimson rims, this is a voluptuously fragrant wine with attractive scents of multi-coloured peppercorns, plums and violets that prepare the palate for the rich flavours ahead. Sweet fruited with lots of grunt, plums, violets, chocolate, pepper, spice, juicy, good tannins and a long flavoursome sweet juicy finish. A good wine that a few tasters thought was an Aussie, and shows what Hawkes Bay is capable of achieving. It's the little brother to the Soler Syrah.
14.5% alc. $26.95/23.95. Screwtop.

Mamre Brook Barossa Shiraz 2002
Dense and inky in its colour like a shiny, plump juicy blackberry. Inviting mint chocolate aromas and sweet plummy fruit layered with spices and vanillin oak on the nose, smooth, ripe and juicy to the taste with fine tannins and mouthfilling flavours of vanillin oak, blackberries, plums, tar, mocha and a slightly hot, long spicy finish. 2002 was a great vintage in the Barossa and this wine is all class, but with its powerful fruit richness it is deceptive to its massive alcohol content. Dangerously drinkable.
15% alc. $22.95/$18.95.

Margan Family Hunter Valley Botrytis Semillon 2003
Bright yellow gold with a slightly viscous appearance, this smells rich and luscious with its honey nectar and caramelised orange scents. Sweet flavours of clover honey, ginger, candied pineapple, apricots, oranges and raisins balance the clean acidity. It's got lovely fruit weight with lots of toffee and fantastic length and will become more and more luscious with time. Very attractively presented in a tall, clear, 375ml bottle, imagine this with creme brulée. Yum!
Trophy and Top Gold for Best Sweet Wine of the 2003 Hunter Valley Wine Show. Gold at the Melbourne Wine Show.
11% alc. 125 gms residual sugar. 12 g/L total acidity. $24.95/$21.95.

Chateau Rieussec Sauternes 1999
Made from 90% Semillon, 7% Sauvignon Blanc and 3% Muscadelle, this deep 18 carat gold coloured wine with orange hues is quite subtle at first with an apricot honey and flower blossom fragrance, later more cedary. There's a lanolin overtone and a cedary backbone to the sweet, rich baked custard, lemon, apricot, super ripe feijoa, honey and toffeed nut flavours and although it is sweet it has a dry mouthfeel, probably from the nutty oak. It's so different to the Australasian sweet wines we are used to drinking and according to the lafite.com website it is barrel fermented in oak (50% new) for varying times from 16 to 26 months during which the wine is periodically decanted. The vines are extremely low yielding and one vine makes one just glass of wine. Luckily it's a big vineyard and about 6,000 cases were produced. I can just imagine this with old-fashioned bread and butter pudding.
14% alc. $155.00/$123.00.

Lustau Pedro Ximénez San Emilio
Golden brown in colour with olive-green hues on the rim, its thick and viscous with incredibly slow moving 'legs' after the glass is swirled. It smells heavenly rich and in the mouth it is even more so. Thick, glycerolic, mouth-coating, wrap your tongue around it stuff with chocolate raisins, muscatels, salted prunes and toffee. There's heaps of alcohol in here, just a couple of sips warms the cockles of your heart and puts a glow on your cheeks. This is the Spanish equivalent of Australian Liqueur Muscat, if you lined them up you would probably struggle to tell the difference. The Lustau website says that one of the great Sherry and food combinations is vanilla ice cream drenched in Pedro Ximénez. It also says they drink it at warm room temperature when the weather is cold.
17% alc. $52.95/$47.50.

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