In a nutshell:
Deep gold in colour this is a rich and full bodied Madeira with a good balance between sweetness and acidity.
After pressing the fermentation is halted by fortification at the right point to achieve the desired degree of sweetness or dryness. It then undergoes a maturation process unique to Madeira - the Estufa system. During a period of around 3 months the wine is gradually heated to over 40°C before being allowed to cool. After this it's aged for five years in oak before bottling to mature and develop character. This is a rich and spicy wine with intense dried fruit aromas with hints of figs and walnuts. The smooth, rich finish finds just the right balance between sweetness and acidity.
When to drink:
This is a perfect after dinner drink with either rich fruit cake, chocolates, or hard cheeses.