This is my first go at Madeira, which I bought after looking for some Port to add to my Beef Short-rib stock. This bottling is pale to medium amber colored, it reminds me of the stone Tigers Eye. As to be expected from a fortified wine (19%ABV), the legs are very slow moving and thick. The nose has intense aromas of nuts, caramel, sea air and a touch of yeast. The palate is dry tasting but very rich with nuts, treacle, stewed black fruit, brine and prune syrup. It is mouth coating with medium tannins and medium (-) acidity. The alcohol hits on the back end where it is tingling the sides of my tongue. Finish-wise this wine has a long ending (30+ seconds). Seeing as it’s my first go I can’t really pass judgement, but if you like Oloroso Sherry crossed with Tawny Port, this might be up your alley. For $18 it’s not going to break the bank trying something new as a dessert wine or for enriching a beef stock. I like it! Salut….
Sandeman Fine Rich Madeira NV, Portugal
08 Saturday Oct 2022