Madeira wines are among some of the world’s greatest and most unique fortified wines. Enjoy this beautifully expressive medium- dry Madeira wine with a restrained sweetness and fine acidity from a distant volcanic island called Madeira, home to the most imperishable wines in the world. Madeira is one of the few wines that has not changed much in the last 200 years.
On the nose delicate and refreshing notes of caramel, orange peel, nuts, pears, exotic flowers.
On the palate is intense and with complex flavors. Caramel, creme brule, figs, orange, nutty tones, salty, sweet, tangy and watering acidity. The finish is long and stays fresh with citrus notes. Just Lovely!
Broadbent 10 year Verdelho Madeira can be served as an aperitif, lightly chilled and as such go with quails egg and savory appetizers very well.
It will also pair remarkably well with richer cheeses such as blue cheeses and Stilton, Camembert and ripe Brie. The wine is robust enough to accompany chutneys, curries and sweet and sour jams.
Great with smoked salmon, shrimp cocktail with granny smith, mussels; virtually any type of meat, chicken, duck, pork, beef natural; perfect with smoked ham.
Wine Spectator: 91 points
Madeira is an Atlantic island belonging to Portugal about 460 miles off the coast of North Africa.
The Portuguese planted grapevines on the island upon discovering it in the 15th century. There is firm evidence that around the end of the 16th century, less than 200 years after the discovery of the island, Madeira had an established wine industry.
Early Madeira wines were unstable and it is believed that brandy was added to help the wines make a long sea voyage. Temperatures in the hulls of ships reached more than 100F, which, along with agitation of the ship, transformed the Madeira. Barrels of it were placed on ships bound to the New World, where the wine developed even more. Madeira didn’t merely last the transatlantic voyage, it got better.
Madeira wine was a hit in the colonies and Southern port cities of Charleston, New Orleans and Savannah were specially smitten with Madeira wines, where the sub-tropic heat and temperatures that would destroy most wines made Madeira even better. The wine was practically indestructible.
Madeira wines were a favorite of our Founding Fathers and the Declaration of Independence was toasted with Madeira.
Madeira wines suffered a big blow in 1851 when two-thirds of the island’s vines were wiped out by oidium, a mildew-like fungus. Then, in the New World, Civil War began in 1861 and extensive collections of Madeira were destroyed or stolen; many sold their collections to get capital. Afterwards came Prohibition, the last and final blow to Madeira wine relationship with the New World.
Fortunately for us, Madeira is making a comeback and coming back to fashion.
Madeira spans a broad range of styles, but high acidity and a dry finish characterize all varieties, even the sweetest of them.
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