2010 Moscato della Torre, Marabino, Noto, Sicily, Italy (£34, 75cl, Cheese & Wine Co of Hampton Village, 020-8941 7758; Peckham’s shops: in Glasgow, 0141-357 1454; Edinburgh, 0131-668 3737, Aberdeen, 01224-583 688).
The London Wine Trade Fair in May seemed very quiet this year. There were fewer stands and a lot of notable absences, but in the muted atmosphere of Excel, in London’s Docklands, I still managed to sniff out a few incredible wines and this is the first that I would like to bring to your attention.
I absolutely adore sweet muscats and the wines from Noto, in Sicily, are invariably sublime. Moscato della Torre is, however, categorically the finest I have ever tasted. It is also a full bottle price, so in the world of top-class sweeties it is a true find.
The mandarin, caramel and wild honey notes permeate your sense and there is a lovely lick of crisp acidity on the finish to freshen the palate. Awesome with any pudding, this is a must for serious dinner parties. In addition to this heavenly discovery, winemaker Pierpaolo Messina also makes a staggeringly good red – 2010 Marabino, Noto, Nero d’Avola (£18, Cheese & Wine Co).
This is, again, the finest of its variety I have tasted. Marabino is clearly a name to follow.
• Matthew Jukes is a winner of the International Wine & Spirit Competition’s Communicator of the Year (www.matthewjukes.com).