Madeira Wine: A protected designation
Madeira Wine is the protected designation for fine dessert wine, which, like a port wine, may only come from Portugal, more precisely from Madeira. Such original products bear the Denominação de Origem Protegida (DOP) designation.
The noble Madeira Wine grape varieties include Sercial, Verdelho, Bual and Malmsey. The Tinta Negra Mole, from which classic Madeira wines are produced in dry, medium-dry, medium-sweet and sweet flavors, as well as the dry, semi-dry or sweet Terrantez are also produced. Aromas of orange, lime, in older wines of nut or turpentine determine the Madeira Wine taste of the rather dry Sercial. Honey, coffee, chocolate and dried fruit tickle the palate with the rounder, semi-dry Verdelho. The bouquet of the semi-sweet Bual evokes memories of lime, caramel, coffee, orange peel, apricot or dried fruit. The Malmsey is even sweeter, with reminiscences of toffee, vanilla but also jam. Depending on the variety, the alcohol content of Madeira wines varies between 17 and 22% vol.
Madeira Wine and the alleged coincidence
The origin of the wine from Madeira is documented. Already in the 17th century it was exported in large quantities by ship to the European colonies and to America. It is said that the sailors made a discovery by chance: Madeira wine tasted better on the way than on the island. Initially, the difference in quality was attributed to the rocking movements of the ships, so that it was shipped to Torna viagem, an extensive voyage by ship, in which crossing the equator twice was supposed to promote the maturing process. Brandy was added to Madeira wine for better conservation. This is how its distilled aroma was created. Nowadays, the batches are replaced by storing them for three to five months, at 45°C to 75°C. The processing method of the legendary Madeira wine from Portugal has become established as maderization.
Madeira Quality: From Rainwater to Vinho da Roda
A good 3 year old Madeira of light nature is the Rainwater. Made from Tinta Negra mole is the Finest Madeira, which is also 3 years old. Reserve or Reserva are called Madeira Wines, which undergo a minimum aging process of 5 years. A Reserva Velha or Old Reserve is stored for at least 10 years. With up to 15 years maturing, Madeira wines of the Extra Reserve class are considered rarities. Frasqueira Vintage is the quality level of the best Madeira. Obtained from only one grape variety, it matures for at least 20 years in the barrel and then another 2 years in the bottle. Rare vintage wines that can age for over 100 years in bottles are called Vintage. Real treasures are Single Cask Madeira. These unblended wines of a special vintage are bottled from only one barrel. They carry information about grape variety, vintage and barrel number on the label. Colheitas are also high-quality Madeira vintage wines, which are aged in barrels for between 5 and 20 years. The jewel among Madeira's wines is the Vinho da Roda or Vinho da Torno. It is still traditionally sent on a ship across the equator to reach maturity, and is accordingly rare and expensive.
Madeira wine: Optimal storage, long enjoyment
Optimal conditions give Madeira Wine a long shelf life. Dark, cool rooms with high humidity are suitable for storage. Madeira wine should be stored upright, as taste and shelf life benefit from low gas exchange. Portuguese wine can survive storage periods of up to several decades if the corks are replaced every 15 years.
In general, younger Madeira wines develop their aromas already at 12 to 14 °C. Due to their complexity, older wines should be drunk at 15 to 16 °C. In general: The drier the wine, the cooler the wine! For simple Madeira it is sufficient to open the wrong ones 6 hours before drinking. Once opened, they usually remain fresh for months. Old Madeira wine should be decanted for 24 to 48 hours, filtered due to possible sediments and consumed within a short time. When combining Madeira with various dishes, experiments are fun!
Why not try a dry or semi-dry Madeira with ham with melon, shellfish or mussels? Semi-sweet Madeira wine with Roquefort or hard cheese can also taste excellent. Sweet Madeira is of course an excellent match for desserts or cakes.
Buy Madeira Wines at Vinello
Vinello stands for a wide selection, cork guarantee, safe purchase, fast shipping and delivery and purchase on account from the first order. We also offer a variety of payment options. We also offer Google buyer protection and a 30-day return policy when you buy Madeira Wine. We are happy to deliver the liqueur-like drink from the flower island of Madeira to you.