Fortified Wines » Madeira

Madeira is named after the Portuguese island on which it is made. In the 1500s, in order to extend the life of wines on the long sea journeys, the islanders would add brandy to their wine. This would make the wine more resistant to temperature changes and so madeira was created as a "fortified wine". Madeira is made with four types of grapes. Each bottle of madeira should be labelled according to which grapes are used in it. These are: sercial, a very dry taste, light color; verdelho, medium dry, golden color; bual, medium sweet, velvety, dark gold to brown; malmsey, the original grape, sweet, chestnut-brown. Madeira makes an excellent drink with cheese and works great as a pre-dinner sipper. The heavier madeiras also work well as a post-dinner dessert drink, for sipping by the fire. It should be served relatively cool, around 55-60F, like a port. It can be served in a port-style glass, small and thin.

Henriques Dry Madeira 75cl

Henriques Dry Madeira

Henriques Dry Madeira is an off-dry wine with a which has a citrus marmalde nose and has a spicy, nu ...more £14.95 inc VAT

Henriques Full Rich Madeira 75cl

Henriques Full Rich Madeira

Henriques Full Rich Madeira has on pouring an aroma of Christmas cake and flaming pudding with a tou ...more £14.95 inc VAT

Henriques Medium Dry Medeira 70cl

Henriques Medium Dry Medeira

Henriques Medium Dry Madiera is an intense and deep coloured wine with complex flavours of walnuts‚ ...more £14.95 inc VAT

Duke of Clarence Madeira 75cl

Duke of Clarence Madeira

Duke of Clarence Madeira is made on the Portuguese-owned island of Madeira in the Atlantic Ocean, th ...more £16.95 inc VAT

Madeira Pereira d Oliveiras 75cl

Pereira d Oliveiras

Pereira d'Oliveiras Madeira made in the style of a Malmsey this has a distinctly sweet, fat palate w ...more £14.95 inc VAT


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