Saturday, 22 October 2011
Alvear PX Solera 1927 Montilla - Cambridge Wine Merchants
If you need a wine to match to a sticky toffee pudding, treacle sponge or spotted dick, this unusual but delicious Pedro Ximénez might just might be the thing - I chose it as a match for a sticky toffee cheesecake recipe given to me by local Masterchef Finalist, Alex Rushmer who now runs The Hole in The Wall in Wilbraham (pictured above).
Alvear PX Solera 1927 Montilla , £12.99 (37.5cl) Cambridge Wine Merchants
Wines from Spain's Pedro Ximénez ("PX") grapes are about as sweet as they come and this one will stand up to the autumnal richness a treacle toffee cheesecake.
PX is most commonly used to add sweetness to dry oloroso to produce a sweet sherry but, as here, is occasionally made into a dessert wine in its own right.
It is made from superripe grapes that have then been dried out on straw mats to intensify the flavours; more unusually, it is also made in a solera, like a dry sherry, that in this case dates back to 1927.
It is a dark mahogany, thick and treacly on pouring - you really won't need much of this - and has aromas of cooked mixed fruit, dried figs, dates and prunes with hints of dark chocolate, molasses and roasted nuts on the nose.
The long finish adds hints of bitter aromatics and dark spices from aging in oak.
Provided for review.
Cambridge Wine Merchants - http://www.cambridgewine.com/
The Hole in the Wall - http://www.holeinthewallcambridge.co.uk/