Sweet

Sweet Wines


Here at SVS we love sweet wine, and there’s no old-fashioned snobbish disdain here for wines with engaging sweetness.


Our own taste is for sweet wines which retain enough acidity not to be simply cloying. For example we continue to champion wines from the Loire, where late harvest Chenin Blancs can be intensely sweet yet with enough balancing acidity to last for decades. Alongside these we will always offer a selection from Bordeaux and south-west France, plus examples from Italy, Austria, South Africa and Australia.


Note that there are numerous delicious medium-dry or demi-sec styles - for example Alsace Vendange Tardive, German Auslese or demi-sec Vouvray which are not rich enough to be served as sweet wines acompanying a pudding but which make fine aperitifs or accompaniments to cheese and light fruit desserts.

Please do note the bottle sizes of sweet wines which range from halves via 50cls. (2/3 of a bottle) to full bottles.

Sweet

  • Domaine des Forges, Coteaux du Layon, 1er Cru Chaume, Les Onnis, 2016

    Product Code: FOR216

    Domaine des Forges, Coteaux du Layon, 1er Cru Chaume, Les Onnis, 2016

    “From a steep, grassed vineyard beside Quarts de Chaume and near the river, so open to botrytis; and always a long-lived, luscious, barrel aged wine...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Loire Valley
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 11.5%
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  • HALF Araldica, Palazzina Moscato Passito, 2014

    Product Code: ARA314

    HALF Araldica, Palazzina Moscato Passito, 2014

    “From dried grapes and aged in wood: oranges, candied fruits and caramel with a lively lick of acidity. Now-2021”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Piedmonte
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 37.5cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • La Haute Borie, Monbazillac, 2014

    Product Code: HBO114

    La Haute Borie, Monbazillac, 2014

    “Organically farmed and certified: 60% Semillon, 30% Muscadelle and 10% Sauvignon Blanc, all from old vines, and 1/3 in barrel. Mid gold. Lovely fresh...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet, Rich

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: South-West
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Chateau Barrejat, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh, 2017

    Product Code: BAJ717

    Chateau Barrejat, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh, 2017

    “In the medium dry, "Moelleux" style, a gloriously exotic aperitif, or a rich accompaniment to foie gras. Cocktail of passion fruit,...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Medium Sweet

    Rated 3 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: South-West
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Château Barrejat, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh, Cuvée de la Passion, 2016 [50cl.]

    Product Code: BAJ816

    Château Barrejat, Pacherenc du Vic-Bilh, Cuvée de la Passion, 2016 [50cl.]

    “100% Petit Manseng picked by Denis Capmartin in splendid late October conditions, well oaked. Golden tone. Intense apricot and tangerine flavours,...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: South-West
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 50cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • Mascaron, Sauternes, 2015 (50cl)

    Product Code: MPG215

    Mascaron, Sauternes, 2015 (50cl)

    “90% Sémillon, 6% Sauvignon Blanc, 4% Muscadelle skillfully sourced by Ginestet from a Cru Classé property. Fully sweet and rich pudding wine with a...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Bordeaux
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 50cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Château Pierre-Bise, Quarts de Chaume, 2006 [50cl]

    Product Code: CPB206

    Château Pierre-Bise, Quarts de Chaume, 2006 [50cl]

    “We were offered a small parcel of this eleven year old wine, from the Quarts de Chaume (literally the best quarter of the village of Chaume), along...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Loire Valley
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 50cl
    • ABV: 11%
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  • Begali, Recioto della Valpolicella, 2012 [50cl]

    Product Code: BEF612

    Begali, Recioto della Valpolicella, 2012 [50cl]

    “Red Recioto della Valpolicella is made after careful late picking of ripe bunches (of Corvina and Rondinella grapes), which are then left to...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet, Rich

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Veneto
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 50cl
    • ABV: 13%
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  • Carmes de Rieussec, Sauternes, 2011

    Product Code: CMR111

    Carmes de Rieussec, Sauternes, 2011

    “The second wine of Château Rieussec, named after the Carmes de Langon monks who owned the estate in the 18th century. 85% Semillon, 10% Sauvignon...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Bordeaux
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • HALF Rustenberg, Straw Wine, Coastal Region, 2017

    Product Code: RUS917

    HALF Rustenberg, Straw Wine, Coastal Region, 2017

    “From 67% Chenin Blanc, 17% Viognier; 16% Crouchen (=Cape Riesling), dried on straw in the Italian passito manner to concentrate juice and sugar. Very...”

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    Sweet

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: South Africa
    • Region: Coastal Region
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 37.5cl
    • ABV: 10%
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  • Corte Mainente, Recioto di Soave, Luna Nova, 2017, Half

    Product Code: MAI617

    Corte Mainente, Recioto di Soave, Luna Nova, 2017, Half

    “Sweet Recioto di Soave - made from bunches of Garganega dried on racks in the autumn - has an ancient pedigree. Davide Mainente makes this lustrous...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Veneto
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 37.5cl
    • ABV: 15%
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  • Broustet, Barsac-Sauternes, 2013

    Product Code: BRO113

    Broustet, Barsac-Sauternes, 2013

    “This Deuxième Grand Cru Classé estate is on the up: Seville oranges, dried apricots and barley sugar. "Sweet, creamy tropical fruit aromas. A...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: Bordeaux
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 75cl
    • ABV: 13.5%
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  • HALF Balassa, Tokaj, Mézes-Mály, Zeta Late Harvest, Hungary, 2013

    Product Code: BAM313

    HALF Balassa, Tokaj, Mézes-Mály, Zeta Late Harvest, Hungary, 2013

    “We couldn’t resist buying a pile of this amazing sweet Tokay. From a star producer, just 1040 bottles were made from the Zeta grape, picked very...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Hungary
    • Region: Tokaj
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 37.5cl
    • ABV: 9%
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  • Kikelet, Tokaji, Late Harvest, 2011 [50cl.]

    Product Code: KIK111

    Kikelet, Tokaji, Late Harvest, 2011 [50cl.]

    “Kesöi Szuretelésu it says on the label - translated as late harvest. This is a beautifully balanced, fully sweet (70 grams per litre of residual...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet

    Rated 5 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: Hungary
    • Region: Tokaj
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 50cl
    • ABV: 12.5%
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  • HALF Talosa, Vin Santo di Montepulciano, Italy, 1995

    Product Code: TAK895

    HALF Talosa, Vin Santo di Montepulciano, Italy, 1995

    “From a careful selection of the best Trebbiano, Malvasia and Grechetto grapes picked in Tuscany in early October and dried for about four months...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Light > Full
    • Origin: Italy
    • Region: Montepulciano
    • Colour: Red
    • Bottle Size: 37.5cl
    • ABV: 14%
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  • HALF La Haute Borie, Monbazillac, France, 2014

    Product Code: HBO614

    HALF La Haute Borie, Monbazillac, France, 2014

    “Organically farmed and certified: 60% Semillon, 30% Muscadelle and 10% Sauvignon Blanc, all from old vines, and 1/3 in barrel. Mid gold. Lovely fresh...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: France
    • Region: South-West
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 37.5
    • ABV: 13%
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  • HALF Escarpment, Hinemoa Riesling (37.5 cl.)

    Product Code: ESC915

    HALF Escarpment, Hinemoa Riesling (37.5 cl.)

    “From the Te Muna road vineyard a luscious, super-concentrated, late harvest Riesling, all caramelised oranges and barley sugar, very pure - apart...”

    Stone, Vine & Sun rating

    Sweet

    Rated 4 out of 5
    Dry > Sweet
    • Origin: New Zealand
    • Region: Martinborough
    • Colour: White
    • Bottle Size: 37.5cl
    • ABV: 10%
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