Blandy’s, Alvada, 5 Year Old
Launched in the early 2000s, this was a radical departure for Madeira, being a 50/50 blend of Malvasia and Bual, and intended as a dessert wine. Shows lifted aromas with a touch of balsamic and a hint of mocha; smooth, seductive, figgy fruit with a touch of coconut (from ageing in new oak) towards the finish.Will be perfect with Christmas pudding or a slice of fruit cake.
Taster: Richard Mayson
*US stockist information from Wine-Searcher.com