Designating Noble Late Harvest as “dessert wine” is a pity as it means that consumption become unduly restricted. I like the Bordelais custom of serving a glass of Sauternes with foie gras pâté to welcome guests at formal functions in Bordeaux and taking our cue from this, we opened Badsberg Noble Late Harvest 2009 as well as Delheim Edelspatz 2013 with some wild boar terrine sourced from Gogo’s Meat and Biltong Deli in Newlands over the weekend. Tasting notes and scores for the wines as follows:
Badsberg Noble Late Harvest 2009
Price: R70 per 375ml bottle
80% Chenin Blanc, 20% Hanepoot. From the same farm that produced the Badsberg Badslese Natural Sweet 2009 which was White Wine of the Year in the 2012 edition of Platter’s. Deep amber with a green rim. Apricot and orange plus some burnt sugar with top notes of spice and dried flowers. Super-thick in texture but balanced by lovely zingy acidity. Great flavour intensity, the finish long and savoury. Old school but so well executed.
Delheim Edelspatz Noble Late Harvest 2013
Price: R160 per 375ml bottle
From Riesling. Lime and lemon, dried apricot, even some pineapple plus a slight mushroom-like quality. Lighter bodied and possessing real zip. A particularly elegant, well balanced offering but extremely youthful right now – drink from 2018 onwards.