Chile is known for some great whites and reds, but you don’t often hear “Chilean” and “dessert wine” in the same sentence. The Luis Felipe Edwards winery is out to change that perception with its Late Harvest wine.
It seems rather fitting since this winery has never been afraid to go beyond the norm. They produce a whole line of organic wines and four different kosher wines, plus they aren’t afraid to cap their bottles with screw tops.
This late harvest wine does have a cork of sorts though—a synthetic one that will outlive your grandkids and give your Rabbit corkscrew a real battle. But I digress…
This dessert wine will not win over any people who can’t warm up to dessert wines, but it can hold its own with bottles from chillier climates in places like Central Europe and Canada. It’s also a fraction of the price, which makes it even better; at $20 list you’re not taking much of a gamble.
It hits all the right notes, with flavors of honey, apricots, and a touch of golden raisins. The sweetness fills the whole mouth, but this is a good accompaniment to a nice creme brulee or a cobbler of peaches or strawberries. It is a blend of Viognier (75%) and Sauvignon Blanc (25%) from the ideal-climate-blessed Colchagua Valley. “The grapes, affected by botrytis, were harvested by hand during the first and second weeks of June 2008 and the pressed juice contained 420g/l sugar prior to fermentation. Following fermentation, the wine was refined in French oak barrels for four months.”
If you’re in Chile, order this local dessert wine at the end of your next meal. If you want to get it in the U.S., your favorite wine store can get it from Admiral Imports. Recommended.