There’s no need to reach for calorically dense desserts next time the mood for something sweet strikes. Instead, look to a glass of sweet red wine to satisfy the craving.
In the wine world, sweet is the opposite of dry. The majority of the world’s red wines are made in a dry style, meaning that they have lower levels of residual sugar (RS) and often a higher tannin content which adds considerably to the dry perception.
Here is a shortlist of the best sweet red wines in Nigeria that deserve any drinker’s radar….
Four Cousins Natural Sweet Red Wine
Four Cousins Natural Sweet Red Wine is South Africa’s best selling bottled brand.
A fragrant, ruby-red wine with soft rose petal perfume. Flavors of ripe plums, strawberries, and exotic spices are followed by a soft, lingering finish.
A sweet red wine, blended from dry red wine and grape juice made from 60% River Red and 40% Grape Juice.
A wine for everyday enjoyment. Good with spicy foods, desserts & fruit salad.
Lamothe Parrot Mellow Reserve
Lamothe Parrot Mellow Reserve is a French wine from the Bardinet Vins International wine family. Sweet and fruity, Lamothe Parrot finishes delicately on your pallet and pairs delightfully with your favorite meals. The prestigious Lamothe Parrot Mellow Reserve wine is perfect for any occasion and it is one of the most preferred French wine in Nigeria. To serve, chill and enjoy in moderation.
Kagor Sweet Red Wine
Kagor Sweet red wine is a truly special dessert wine from selected red grapes mainly prepared from European grape varieties – Cabernet-Sauvignon and Merlot. This wine has a dark ruby color, and a rich aroma of cherry and dried fruits. A delicious sweet red wine from Moldova.
B & G Nature Sweet Wine
B & G Nature Sweet Wine is fine and elegant, with a good balance between sweetness and acidity, and a long, fresh finish.
B & G Nature Sweet Wine has a rich and ripe fruit aromas (strawberry marmalade, black cherry, blueberry) with a Round palate, fruit-driven with a smooth finish. Serve chilled.
Carlo Rossi Sweet Red
Carlo Rossi Sweet Red is well balanced, light to medium-bodied and has flavors of bright red fruits and fresh floral notes with a nice crisp finish.
Another classic wine from Carlo Rossi put it on the table and feel sentimental. Serve chilled.
4th Street Natural Sweet Red
4th Street is available in a Natural Sweet Red, the perfect combination of playful and edgy. A bold addition made for those on the go.
The fruity sweetness comes from preserving fresh grape juice, allowing no fermentation. Careful blending in the cellar gives a wine low in alcohol while bursting with fruity freshness.
Porto Cruz Tawny
Porto Cruz Tawny is a Red Port with red berry notes that perfectly accompanies dried fruits.
Wine made from red grapes fermented with little maceration, aged in large oak vats to obtain wines with fruity aromas and oxidative development, balanced in the mouth and with some complexity.
Its red colour has light coppery undertones. Its nose features aromas of strawberries and raspberries. Its taste reveals generous red and dried fruit flavours. Balance of sweetness and acidity with a fresh and very pleasant finish.
Porto Cruz Tawny may be enjoyed at room temperature or chilled on the rocks for cocktail hour.
Porto Pitters Tawny
The Porto Pitters is made from the best grapes selected and harvested by hand in the Douro Valley. It is made from several qualities of Porto delicately aged between 2 and 5 years. The fermentation is done in strict respect of the tradition of the House. The temperature and the density of the wine are controlled throughout the process which allows adding the alcohol of wine at the best moment and thus to keep all the flavor of this Porto.
Porto Pitters Tawny is lighter than Vintage Port and Ruby Port in both color and aroma and is often made from grapes grown in cooler parts of the Douro. It tends to have a nutty, oxidative character with 19.5% alcohol and is often enjoyed as an aperitif, shunning Port’s usual role as an after-dinner drink.