Smith Woodhouse was founded in 1784 when Christopher Smith, Lord Mayor of London, created a small company to ship Port from the Douro valley. Shortly after, he was joined by the Woodhouse brothers. The amalgamation of the Smith and Woodhouse families over 200 years ago gave this highly reputable company its name.
Another brand in the Symington family portfolio and, while it might not have top-flight status, it is without doubt a pretender with five members of the Symington family currently engaged in the management of Smith Woodhouse.
The 1996 Smith Woodhouse Madalena is packed with black berry fruit aromas and floral hints such as mint. On the palate, full-bodied, classic black cherry flavours and balanced by fine and elegant tannins with a long and lingering finish.
The traditional accompaniments to vintage port are stilton, and/or walnuts, dried fruits such as moscatel raisins or fresh Medjool dates, but why not try duck confit or top quality chocolate!