Justinos, Fine Rich Colheita Madeira, Portugal, 1996
This wine: a blend of predominantly tinta negra mole from the single year, a black variety, harvested 1996, aged in oak casks for an unspecified period, bottled when? natural cork stopper, 19% abv, Delilah fine Foods, £20 (2016)
Consumer tasting note: raisins, toffee and walnuts up front, sweetness balanced by fresh acidity, quite complex, with better concentration, with a nutty-toffee finish on a long length.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, deep intensity amber, showing tears and a yellow rim.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, fully developed, with slightly high-toned aromas as they come, of warm sultanas and raisins, black olives, roasted nuts, pickled walnuts, walnuts, tobacco, wet prunes, molasses, linseed oil, black toffee.
Palate: sweet, medium (+) acidity, fortified high, full-bodied, pronounced intensity, a very light grip with a velvety texture, with flavours of pickled walnuts, touch of dried citrus, raisins, very dark toffee, touch of nail varnish. A long length, with a clean palate fresh nutty toffee finish.
Quality: a very good quality wine, whilst perfectly balanced acidity with flavour intensity and alcohol, and not short of intensity and concentration of flavour, complexity is a little lacking for this style of wine, so not of outstanding quality, the long length is standard for the style.
Readiness for drinking/ageing potential: ready to drink now, will not improve with cellaring, but will keep indefinitely. Store upright.