Monday, October 8, 2007

Rating: ***+ 2004 Nederburg Special Late Harvest. Western Cape, South Africa

It's not possible to tell what the composition of this sweet, late harvest Nederburg wine is from the label. From the website, though, you can learn that it is a combination of chenin blanc and riesling, infected by botrytis cinerea (noble rot).

Let's see how it all behaves... In the glass, it is a honey golden color. Served cool, the aroma is lightly honeyed with citrus overtones. On the palate, a sweet, lightly acidic note is the first thing you notice. Not a strong botrytis note, but a bit of honeyed flavor, suggestive of noble rot. Moderate in finish. Just shy of four stars out of five. Outstanding value.

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