Made from one of the noble grapes of Madeira and aged in wood, this medium-dry wine is rich, concentrated and dense, with just hints of fruit and its original perfumed character. A wonderful tang shows at the end as freshness kicks in. Like any old wood-aged wine, it is ready to drink.
Roger Voss covers Bordeaux, Burgundy, Champagne, the Loire and South-West France as well as Portugal. His passion is matching food with wine, bringing the pleasures of the table to wine lovers. He has written six books on wine and food, and was previously national correspondent on wine for the London Daily Telegraph. He is based in the Bordeaux region.