Madeira wine, taste the island
Madeira is also known for the famous wine which is drunk whole around the world: the Madeira Wine (or Madera wine). Across the island there are many vineyards to be found. The wine is made from a grape called the "Tinta Negra" and has four types of taste from dry to sweet Sercial (dry), Verdelho (medium dry), Bual (medium sweet) and Malmsey (sweet).
Madeira wine has definitely made the island even more popular not just within Portugal but also in other parts of the world. This wine is also referred to as fortified wine. It is perfect not just as a drink during meals or while relaxing but it can also be used as an ingredient for cooking.
What makes this wine so popular? It is the careful creation and tedious process which makes this wine much more delicious than other white wines. It is not just the type of grapes used that is cautiously hand-picked. Even the containers for fermentation have to be precisely right.
One thing that is unique about this white wine is that it is actually subjected to heat. Other types of wine would be instantly ruined the moment that it is subjected to high temperature, especially if it takes a long time. For this type of wine, it is heated between 100 °F to 140 °F. This lasts for several months. The cooking process is done so that the wine would oxidize. In Portuguese, this process is called as Estufagem. Interestingly, instead of ruining the taste, the heat brings out the flavor and aroma even more.
Madeira Wine’s Varying Taste
Each type corresponds to a certain taste for the end product. Among the options include doce (sweet), seco (dry) or meio doce (medium sweetness).
Classification According to Age
When buying Madeira wine, it can be noticed that the price can significantly vary. This is not necessarily because they are harvested and made in different vineyards. It is because the age of the wine makes it increase in value.
There are five major levels of classification according to age. These are:
The older bottles of the Madeira wine are more expensive. That is because, the added age of the wine enhances its taste. When buying this type of wine, it is best to carefully look at the certification and authentication for the age. This is important especially for the vintage bottles. The price for such is no joke, so it is a must to ensure that the bottle being sold is an authenticated vintage Madeira wine.
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