The dish: Gingerbread baked Alaska
The wine: Biddenden Late Harvest Ortega 2018 £122
This decadent dessert complements this delightfully moreish. lusciously sweet wine, which is surprisingly light, yet warming, its floral aromas evolving into honey and butterscotch notes on the palate.
As this dessert comes with a little gingery kick, a sweet wine with low alcohol will complement it beautifully. At 10% alcohol, this absolute belter of a wine from Kent punches way above its weight on the nose and palate, aromatic florals give way to complex, round and irrepressible flavours of nectar, honey and butterscotch. The finish goes on for what feels like forever, with the tiniest hint of pepper at the end. Matching the sweet tang of the dish with the high acidity of this wine, keeps everything fresh, clean and crisp.
The 2018 vintage in the UK was renowned as one of the best to date, a warm spring followed by a long, hot and dry summer allowed the grapes to be left on the vine until well into October. As the specially-adapted-for-sweet-wines Ortega begins to raisin, the sugar concentrates, creating high, naturally occurring sugar levels.
This wine has spent time in oak barrels and over two years ageing in bottle, which means age-ability, however a wine this good may not last too long in our cellar, especially for a special occasion!