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Fortified like Sherry or Port wine, this Madeira is made mainly from Malvasia grapes. It's sweet and rich with a dark amber color from the 3 years aging in oak casks.
The immense strengthened wines of Portugal are magnificently suited for the winter time on account of their organic product fixation, higher liquor (around 20%), and solidness subsequent to opening.
Once exceptionally prevalent with Dutch and English brokers - and in addition with our Colonial American progenitors (our Declaration of Independence was toasted with Madeira), it's the ideal opportunity for present day Americans to find this invigorated wine once more.
The island of Madeira (situated in the Atlantic Ocean a few hundred miles from the shores of Portugal) has been making wines for a long time.
As a helpful way-point on the way to the New World, mariners would stop off and get this strengthened, marginally oxidized wine which was proposed to withstand a sun heated excursion over the sea.
"Light gold. Dried pear, mango, Meyer lemon, fig and chamomile on the extraordinarily perfumed nose. Flexible and far reaching on the sense of taste, offering serious plantation and citrus natural product enhances that show great profundity and in addition mineral-driven vivacity. Completions dry, engaged and stony, with a rehashing pear note and brilliant length."- Josh Raynolds,International Wine Cellar, September/October 2014