Defined by their production methods, these fortified wines have flavours that are not of fruit, but something more nutty, roasted and tangy.
Dry Old Amontillado Sherry (£7.49, 35cl M&S) fragrant, tangy and savoury with roasted nuts, spices and freshness. Good and excellent value.
Fresh enough to drink as an aperitif with roasted almonds, or match with roast beef and Yorkshire pudding.
Blandy's Sercial 10-Year-Old Madeira (£19.49, 50cl, Waitrose) the driest of the four Madeira styles, amber mahogany, fragrant with roasted nuts, spices and fruitcake. Sweet-savoury and fresh. Good.
Drink as an aperitif with olives and roasted almonds.
5 Year Old Finest Medium Rich Madeira (£13, 50cl M&S) Rich deep treacly brown; figs, roasted nuts and butterscotch-caramel with an intense freshness. Pleasing entry level sweet Madeira.
Drink as an after dinner dessert or match with Christmas pudding.
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