Blandy's (Portugal) Madeira Alvada 5 Year Old
Blandy’s caused a sensation in the ultra-traditional world of Madeira when they launched this innovative 50/50 blend of Bual and Malvasia, made by the Canteiro method (aged in oak casks) and sold in a 50cl bottle. An aromatic wine, it displays little floral notes and quite delicate stewed fruit and nut aromas. On the palate it is almost as sweet as Blandy's 5 Year Old Malmsey, but there’s a tart orangy quality to the acidity, like Oxford English marmalade, that gives it more tang and a more vivacious character. The finish is bright and the acidity is crisp in a wine that is both modern and classic, but above all, delicious. £8.99, Stockists include Waitrose. See all UK stockists on wine-searcher.com.