Fortified wines – Port & Madeira


Graham’s Six Grapes Reserve Port, Douro Portugal (£15.70 Planet of the Grapes, New Street Wine Shop, Cambridge Wines)
Gentle, soft, juicy style, round and mellow with a wealth of plummy berry and damson flavour and warming spirit giving it some fire in its belly. Maybe a touch simple but very tasty S-

Graham’s Late Bottled Vintage Port 2009, Douro, Portugal (£13.50, Waitrose, Tesco, Sainsbury’s)
A drier, less forward but more profound style than the Six Grapes, still with plenty of dark fruit flavour, but here, it’s backed up by more fragrant herb and spice characters. S(-)

Blandy’s Alvada 5 Year Old Madeira, Portugal (£12.99 per 50cl Waitrose, Davy’s, Cambridge Wine Merchants)
Packs in the Christmassy flavours of treacle toffee, raisins and figs, then adds in a touch of mahogany furniture for further interest, and while its unashamedly sweet, there’s citrus freshness to hold it all together, plus a slightly feisty bite of spirit on the finish. S

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