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

New Zealand's sweet wines are perfect for when you need something on the sweet side of life. Master of Wine Bob Campbell shares his top picks from Taste magazine's Top Wine Awards.

Look out for the Taste Top Wine Award stickers on these bottles at supermarkets and selected liquor retailers.

Less than $40

Greywacke 2011 Botrytis Pinot Gris Marlborough $37.95
Lush, rich and quite complex dessert wine with a suggestion of oak adding interest to intense peach, pear, apricot and honey flavours. Beautiful dessert wine.
Saint Clair 2016 Godfrey's Creek Reserve Noble Riesling Marlborough $29.90
Intense, sweet and luscious Riesling with honey, root ginger, ripe apricot, liquorice and subtle spice flavours. Nicely balanced with a lengthy finish. Impressive sticky.
Astrolabe 2018 Wrekin Vineyard Late Harvest Chenin Blanc Marlborough $30
Moderately sweet Chenin Blanc with honey, apple, pear and tangy citrus flavours. Beautifully balanced to give an initial hint of sweetness and a lovely mouth-watering finish.
Wither Hills 2016 Cellar Collection Noble Riesling Marlborough $35
Luscious Riesling with obvious honeyed botrytis influence. Concentrated and quite opulent wine with power, purity and a very lengthy finish. Musk, white flowers and apricot compote.

$40 and more

Pegasus Bay 2014 Finale Noble Barrique Matured Sauvignon Blanc Waipara $40
Aromatic wine with honeycomb and passion fruit on the nose. Very sweet wine with layers of dried fruits, spice and exotic tropical fruit flavours. Pure and powerful wine.
Foxes Island 2015 Noble Selection Riesling Marlborough $55
Rich, concentrated dessert wine with strong honey/honeycomb, apricot, peach and a suggestion of lime zest. A delicious wine –great as an aperitif or with well-matched desserts.
Blank Canvas 2017 Meta Riesling Marlborough $49
Concentrated but not overly luscious wine thanks to the restraining affect of tangy acidity. Intense, wine with beeswax, honey, hokey pokey, citrus, lime and floral flavours.
Millton 2015 Clos Samuel Special Berry Selection Viognier Gisborne $80
Deep orange Viognier in a concentrated and luscious style with orange, burnt caramel, liquorice, noney/honeycomb and floral flavours. Masses of sweetness supported by appropriate acidity.

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