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More about Half Bottles of Sweet Wine
Harvesting grapes as late as possible makes them naturally sweet and wines like this are usually referred to by some variation of 'natural sweet'.
All really sweet wine is made by getting the water out of the grape juice. Sauterne, the most famous and costly of all sweet wines, uses a natural ‘noble rot’, Botrytis Cinerea, to concentrate the sweetness of the grape juice. Ice wine is made from frozen grapes where iced water is removed leaving a concentrated, sweet pulp. Most sweet wine however is made using heat; letting the grapes hang on the vine for longer than usual; or leaving them spread out in the sun on bales of hay.
Because of their sweetness, half bottles of sweet wine are the most commonly found half bottles of wine; many winemakers only bottle half bottles of sweet wine, the rest of their range being bottled in full or bigger bottles.