I normally make a point not to ‘review’ wines people get me as presents, but there are times when the opportunity is too great to miss; this being a case in point as M&S’ Moscatel de Valencia ’09 is one of the most delicious wines I’ve tasted in recent months and certainly my unexpected ‘Christmas Wine of the Year ’10‘.
(If I actually gave out awards, that is.)
The combination of cool, syrupy sweetness and the strong tang of peach and lychee made this a winning accompaniment to the spicy thai noodle soup I made to mark the end of the holidays. It’s hardly a traditional dish, but then this is hardly a wine I’d traditionally associate with the winter months – so… nyer.
Most sweet wines are all too sweet for my tastes and I often wonder whether a wine you can stand a tea spoon up in can really be called wine at all – many seem more like liqueurs and simply don’t hit the same spot: tiny bottles you open up every 8 years just to check if any new mould cultures or parallel universes have developed in there.
This is completely different: as long as you’ve got a food with enough bite that the lemony sweetness doesn’t overwhelm, you could easily get through a bottle of this Moscatel (a.k.a. muskrat) one sitting.
The label recommends desserts like Bakewell tarts and summer puddings, but I fancy this would go just as well with a steamed pudding from a tin or any number of winter-warmering caked and pies.
For me, it serves as a more than adequate (superior, even) replacement for the Gewurztraminer I’d usually have thought to serve with a spicy, eastern dish.
Brilliant. Seek it out and drink it now.