In a nutshell:
A deep and rich medium sweet Madeira with real intensity.
One thing that marks out Maderia wines is that they undergo a unique maturation process where they are naturally heated over a period of months to build concentration and consistency before being cooled prior to maturation. Ageing for a full 15 years to allows it to develop a complex range of layers and textures that mark it out as a most distinctive fortified wine. The traditional grape variety, Boal, is best suited for medium sweet styles and leads the blend used here. Its darkish hue is a good indicator of the richness to be found within and the flavours of dried fruits and figs certainly provide that. The bright acidity balances the sweetness well in the delicious lingering aftertaste.
When to drink:
Perfectly suited to after dinner drinking along side fresh fruit and hard cheeses.