sweet and syrupy

A friend was clearing out his old wine collection which had been stored under the stairs at his parents house in Rondebosch.  Some of the wine had been there for a very long time. 

About a week before we had opened at least 5 reds, all of which were so past consumption and had to be poured down the drain (let this be a lesson not too leave it too long).  I was holding out a bit more hope for the nobel late harvest.  I have a bottle of 1985 Nederberg Edelkeur, personally signed by the very charismatic winemaker at the time, Gunter Brozel, and was told that it could be drunk on my deathbead.

signed by Gunter Brozel

I think the 1987 Delheim Edelspatz would give a good indication of what I could expect.

my1985 nederburg edelkeur with the 1987 delheim edelspatz before it became pudding

It was very dark but tasted sort of alright.  We werent quite sure, so I called a wine guru friend and sent a pic. He seemed to think it didnt matter that it had gone very dark, and would be typical of such an old vintage, but he said if it tasted ok it was good.  It had lost a lot of the character I associate with this cultivar, so the verdict was to rather turn it into a dessert.

I quartered and cored 3 apples, into a pot, wine over and poached for 20 mintes on a low heat.  I removed the apples and then simmered the wine until it had reduced and thickened.  The apples were added back.

I reheated them that night briefly for dessert and we ate them with my tonka bean ice cream which is still lurking around.  Completely and utterly sublime.  We drank a 2009 Ken Forrester Chenin Blanc Reserve, which was a perfect partner and an utterly delicious wine.

So simple, with just 2 ingredients magic was made.  

I’m so not going to be waiting for my deathbed to drink my 1985 Edelkeur, Im going to open it, check it out, and feel no dissapointement if it needs to connect with apples or perhaps pears.

a perfect winters dessert
apples in edelspatz


  1. I got another 4 bottles out of the cupboard (Backsberg / Lievland / Bellingham) all circa 1987 … there are also a few bottles of mid to early 1980’s Port in there 🙂 …… including Boplaas Reserve and JP Bredell 🙂 They are happily yours if you can weave your magic again!!!!

  2. Not a fan of dessert wines / noble late harvests, but I have to say, this dessert sounds amazing! Did you add anything other than the wine? Not spices? x

  3. drizzleanddip

    Absolutely nothing – just wine and apples. It was truly amazing and perfectly sweet and spicy all on its own. My kitchen smelt like Christmas

  4. drizzleanddip

    lets do it! This time with pears and then will think of a few other variations…like poached pear pie in port (PPP) or was thinking of some nice things with phyllo. Yay

  5. We should have gone to vredehoek, the lamb looks like a winner…by the way, nice blog.

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