Madeira Pilgrimage; 2/1/2016-2/4/2016 (Madeira): Smells of hay and sea spray. Polished, smooth style with nice tartness but still plenty of richness and fullness on the palate. A more bold style, less of the tart, salty edge I look for in a Sercial (when compared with other producers), but still very nice.
Blandy's 10 Year Madeira: Medium gold color. Smells of orange peel, apricot, shaved ginger, almond and a mix of floral and slight herbal notes. Full and rich on the palate, but like a good Sercial the acid cleans it all up and keeps the wine fresh despite the richness. Flavors of baked apple and orange peel, topped with raw almond, ginger, dried white flowers, sea salt. Bold but so refreshing. I love Sercials for the way the bright crunchy aspects are integrated well with the richer flavors.
Practice Tasting for WSET Diploma Unit 6 exam (Clerkenwell): Appearance: The wine is Clear with a Pale amber colour. Nose: The nose is Clean and Fully Developed, showing Medium intensity primary aromas of dried orange peel and tertiary aromas of caramel, hazelnut. Palate: The wine is Off-Dry in the mouth with a High level of acidity. It has a High level of alcohol for a fortified wine (19.00%). It has Medium body and Medium intensity primary flavours of dried orange peel and tertiary flavours of caramel, walnut. The finish is Medium(+). It has a slight chemical note, nail polish Overall: Good complexity, length and intensity. Good balance between acidity and sweetness. Good typicity. Conclusion: It is a Very Good quality wine. Drink Now; not suitable for Ageing or Further Ageing This will not further improve with bottle ageing but will keep.; High priced (£19.49) for 500ml
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