Pour the wine into a pot and add all the other ingredients except the figs. Slowly heat the wine and allow the sugar to melt and then bring it to the boil. Add 6 of the figs (whole) to the pot and allow to poach for 5-8 minutes, depending on how big your figs are. Remove the figs and reduce the sauce until it has thickened to a syrupy consistency.
To serve, simply pile the cheese onto a wooden board. Slice the un-poached figs and arrange on the cheese. Add the poached figs and drizzle the syrup over the cheese and fruit. Serve with crackers or melba toast.