Wines that have got 4,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP, part 2 of 2 (12-12-2020)

Only the wines that still have aging potential (the largest majority of the wines here) and the few others that have no aging potential but are still in really good condition to drink are shown here. This applies regardless of the year in which the wine/wines was/were tasted. Note that if some wine has aging potential, it appears from the wine's description.

Wines that have got 3,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP   Wines that have got 4,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP   Wines that have got 4,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP   Wines that have got 5,0 NJP of 5,0 NJP

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Nederburg, Noble Late Harvest, 2018 (9 EUR/10 USD in Sweden; 375 ml) white sweet blend wine, Western Cape, South Africa, 4,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP (95 points of 100 points) (04-05-2019 by Nenad Jelisic)

 

Nederburg Noble Late Harvest 2018 is the best sweet wine that I have tasted so far from South Africa. If NJ Wines had a point scale between 4,5 NJP and 5,0 NJP, this wine would have gotten 4,7 NJP of 5,0 NJP i.e. 97 points or 100 points. The wine is also one of the best wines made of noble rot’s (Botrytis cinerea) attacked grapes that I have tasted. I am very surprised that South Africa can make such an excellent wine of the noble rot’s attacked grapes, a wine that is better than most similar wines from Sauternes in France. I am even more surprised that such an extraordinarily good wine can cost just 99 SEK (9 EUR/10 USD). The aroma of the wine is very sweet, complex and nuanced. Citrus fruits, raisins, dried apricots, honey, orange peel and orange marmalade appear clearly in it. The flavour of the wine is very sweet, complex, fresh and nuanced. Citrus fruits, honey, orange marmalade, orange peel, dried apricots and raisins appear clearly in it. Balance between the sweetness and the acidity cannot be better. The aftertaste is wonderful, both sweet and sour. Nederburg Noble Late Harvest 2018 should be drunk at 8°C from Riedel Vinum Extreme Rose/Icewine or Orrefors Difference Sweet or Orrefors Elixir. The wine will fit really well with a fruit salad consisting of fine chopped kiwi, orange, green sweet seedless grapes, passion fruit, mango and pear or with cheeses such as Roquefort and Stilton or with butter fried goose liver or with less sweet American apple pie. Or just enjoy it without any food at all. The grapes for the wine come from vineyards in Durbanville and Paarl. The vineyards are located at a height of between 120 and 160 meters above sea level. The vines were planted there between 1984 and 1993. Nederburg Noble Late Harvest 2018 consists of four grapes: 48% Chenin Blanc, 30% Muscat de Frontignan, 18% Grasa de Cotnari and 4% Riesling. The grapes may hang well beyond their maturity whereupon the noble rot (Botrytis cinerea) attacks the grapes. The noble rot’s attack causes water in the grape to evaporate while sweetness, acidity and flavours get a higher concentration. The noble rot’s attacked grapes are harvested/destemmed and selected by hand in the field. After the harvest, the grapes are delivered to the winery and pressed. Then the must is fermented at 16°C in stainless steel tanks for six weeks. Then the wine is aged, for a few weeks, in the same stainless steel tanks that it had been fermented in. After bottling, the wine is aged for a few more weeks. Nederburg Noble Late Harvest 2018 can be aged for at least 6 years i.e. until at least 2025.

 

La Rival, 2010, The best wine 2014, red dry blend wine, Lussac-Saint Émilion, Bordeaux, France, 4,5 NJP of 5,0 NJP (95 points of 100 points) (28-11-2014 by Nenad Jelisic)

 

The best wine at the French wine tasting day 2014 and the only one that got more than 3,5 NJP, the best wine in all categories 2014 and the only one that got 4,5 NJP 2014, no wine got 5,0 NJP. Do I need to tell more about this brilliant wine? La Rival 2010 is a blend that is made up of 90% Merlot and 10% Cabernet Franc. Yield is extremely low 19 ha/hl and grapes come from over 50 year old vines. It is produced less than 10,000 bottles per year. La Rival 2010 has a great aroma and flavour richness, a very long and dry (tannic) aftertaste, a good fruitiness and a good aging potential, about 7 years. In the taste, and in some cases in the fragrance, one finds ripe (almost sweet) dark cherry, plum, vanilla, truffle, blackberries, black currants, liquorice, a little smokiness and some mineral notes. The wine's big tannins are more than well balanced by the wine's fruitiness. This high-quality wine should be drunk with fine cuisine such as grilled beef fillet with red wine sauce and buttery mashed potatoes with truffles or rack of lamb with rosemary gravy and buttery mashed potatoes with truffles. But before you start to enjoy this fabulous wine with food you must smell, taste and drink the first glass of it without something. Serve at 17-18°C. Start by serving it at 15°C and then enjoy when it starts to grow into unforgettable pleasure in the glass.

 

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