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The best sweet wines from Food's Top Wine Awards 2019

Have on its own, or with dessert, sweet wines are a versatile delight. Master of Wine Paul Tudor shares his top sweet varieties from Food magazine's Top Wine Awards.

Look out for the Food Top Wine Award stickers on these bottles at supermarkets and selected liquor retailers.
Riccadonna Asti DOCG (Non Vintage) ($18)
Everyone's favourite Muscat is better than ever – fizzy, grapey and sweet, this is a great wine to serve alongside fruit desserts, cakes, and it even works well with cheese courses. Smart new packaging to boot.
Saint Clair Family Estate Pioneer Block 9 Big John Brancott Riesling 2018 ($22)
This medium sweet wine is young, fresh and lively, luscious enough to drink on its own or with fresh fruit after dinner, but with a lovely tingly acidity that keeps everything balanced. A pure expression of fruit.
De Bortoli Deen Vat 5 Botrytis Riverina Semillon 2015 ($20) (375 mls)
With dried fruit on the nose, pineapple and mango especially, there is an exotic character. This is very sweet, yet still has freshness and acid to balance. Great value.
Seifried Winemakers Collection 'Sweet Agnes' Nelson Riesling 2016 ($35) (375 mls)
This exotic, rich, raisiny wine is quite possibly the best value late harvest wine created in this country. Being made from Riesling, it offers a wonderful balance between intensity and freshness. This is so sweet it really works best on its own, chilled, or if you are adventurous try it with an after-dinner cheeseboard.
2016 De Bortoli Noble One Botrytis NSW Semillon ($38) (375 mls)
More subtle fruit, still gloriously sweet and luscious, but with a long, long, intense finish. Spice and toast, creamy and rich in the mouth. One of the world's greatest dessert wines, this is complex and multi-layered. Stunning.