Grape Variety: Malvasia.
Geographic Appellation, Region, Country: The Island of Madeira, Portugal.
Vintage: Non Vintage.
Price: $45.00 (with a 10% mixed case discount)
Purchased From: The Caviste Wine Shop; Winston-Salem, North Carolina.
Paired With: Sipping with blue cheese.
Opened and recorked three-months ago. Clear, brownish-purple color. Prolific raisin, ripe plum and brisk alcohol aromas, but there was also an unusual and persistent odor of freshly cut Maple logs. Syrupy sweet, zesty, full body and an 80-grit texture. Flavors of: spicy raisins, Sourwood (Oxydendrum arboreum) honey, crushed walnuts, caramel, coffee and even a little black licorice. VERY LIVELY bracing acidity, silky tannins with just enough grip that you could tell they were present and a fantastically long sweet finish that ends with an up-turned sweet & sour taste. WOW, there is truly nothing like Malvasia Medeira wine. There are big differences between producers and the age of the wine; however we would describe this Madeira as a little rustic, tart and with considerably more acidity that most Malvasia, but with an unusual taste of spicy raisins. We love Madeira wine and this one has some unique and delicious characteristics.
See also our post on Visiting the the Island of Madeira).
Alcohol Content: 20%
Closure: Natural cork.
UPC Code: 5 601196 017237
Imported by: Haus Alpenz; Edina, Minasota.