Being an avid dessert-wine fan, you can imagine my sheer delight when a bottle of this landed itself on my desk yesterday afternoon. Needless to say it was emptied within the hour (not by me on my own!), and we were left with a sensational sweetness on our lips, and a pleasing warmth in our bellies. The treasure in question? Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest, one of South Africa’s most iconic dessert wines, which has just been awarded a gold medal at the 2012 Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show – our most prestigious and highly contested wine competition.
The 2010 vintage of the much-lauded Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest stole the limelight last year as the fifth consecutive vintage to achieve a five-star rating in Platter’s South African Wines and the only wine to achieve such a remarkable feat. A gorgeous, bewitching blend of Chenin blanc, Semillon and Muscat, Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest 2010 shows beautiful honey and pineapple aromas with spicy notes and whiffs of dusty botrytis. Dried apricot and peach meld with well-balanced acidity on the palate ending in a long lingering finish.
The Fleur du Cap Noble Late Harvest 2010 is available at selected boutique wine shops or directly from Die Bergkelder and sells at R115. For information visit Fleurducap.co.za, fleurducap.tumblr.com or join the Fleur du Cap Facebook community.