God I love Madeira. Really. Well, Barbeito's Madeiras certainly - I think other houses may be ruined for me as Barbeito's wines are just so bloody good. They set the bar so high that I doubt any of their wines that I've tasted would get less that 4 stars. So without further ado...
The colour is a mix of polished amber and brass. It seems to glow from within, but not in a creepy unnatural way.
The nose is incredibly nutty, with a touch of smoke and a hint of honey, maple syrup and dried fruit.
Maple syrup, pecans and almonds pervade the palate with quince jelly and a dusty saddlewood mouthfeel. There's a touch of the coast on the edges - a hint of salt. It is beautifully balanced - sweet but never cloying. Delightful.
Tasted at Luvians Bottleshop