Leacock's Rainwater Madeira

Madeira from Portugal

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Item No. 28248
  • WS90
Alcohol By Volume: 18.0%

Alcohol By Volume Guide

  • 10%
  • 16+%
Most wine ranges from 10-16% alcohol by volume. Some varietals tend to have higher (for example Zinfandel and Cabernet Sauvignon) or lower alcohol levels (Pinot Noir and many white varietals), but there is always some variation from producer to producer. Some wine falls outside of this range, for instance Port weighs in closer to 20%, while Muscat and Riesling are usually a bit below 10%.

Winemaker's Notes

Made from Tinta Negra Mole grapes collected from multiple small, terraced vineyards that cling to the steep mountainous slopes of the island, this is a medium-dry wine combining soft fruit flavors with a dry, nutty quality. The grapes are fermented in stainless steel tanks until a neutral grape spirit brandy is added to stop the fermentation. Following fermentation, the wine undergoes a heating process, estufagem, where it is placed in cask in a special lodge or estufa where it will remain for at least three months. This heating process oxidizes the wine, giving it a very long shelf life and its characteristic nutty, rich flavors.

Critical Acclaim

"Delicious, smoky style, with a good balance to the off-dry caramel and butter cream flavors and the ripe melon, apricot and tropical fruit elements"
90 Points

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Tasty blend, not too sweet, not too heavy, with the unmistakable flavor of Malvasia grapes. A taste of sunshine for any hour of the day.
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Jim56 - Saint Paul, MN (read all my reviews)

This madiera is inexpensive and delicious. Europeans look down their noses at the “Rainwater” style of Madeira, but what do they know? If you buy this, be prepared for the heavier and concentrated flavor of this dryer fortified wine. This stuff also has the advantage of staying fresh for months in your fridge. A 200 year old bottle that was once owned by Thomas Jefferson was opened a few years ago and was still drinkable.
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Tayvl - Arlington, TX (read all my reviews)

This was my first Madeira, and I'm really happy with it. I can best describe it as similar to a tawny port, but with a hint of citric acid. I love tawny, but I think I might like this even more. Nice price, too.
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An excellent choice as an aperitif or for the "Elevens" AM or PM. Served chilled and enjoy. May also accompany Tapas.
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acquired taste but it grows on you
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I was disappointed with this wine. It needed to be chilled more than it probably should for it to taste decent to me. It had an interesting mix of sweetness and earthiness to it. I did not particularly enjoy the earthiness, but I know some people do like it. I would not buy it for myself again, but someone that enjoys coastal Iberian wines with earthy/salty flavors may like it.
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Learn About Leacock's

The island of Madeira was discovered in 1419 by the Portuguese mariner João Gonçalves Zarco who had been instructed by Prince Henry the Navigator to explore the West African Coast. Prince Henry appointed Zarco first Governor of the island and ordered him to plant sugar cane and vineyards. The original impetus to the trade in Madeira was provided in the late 17th Century by the King...

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Learn About Portugal

Portugal The country best known for Port, Madeira and corks is often overlooked when consumers think of red and white still wines - but take note! The table wines of the region have improved dramatically in the past few decades. The winemaking areas trickle down the country's narrow shape, bordered by the Atlantic on the west and Spain on the east. Notable...

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Learn About Madeira

Madeira (muh-DARE-uh) Madeira is a fortified wine that is cooked, or gradually heated. This makes it practically indestructible. Once opened, a bottle of Madeira can last in your cupboard like a bottle of spirit. The fortified wine of our ancestors was made by accident. In the 1600's, shipping still wine from the region of Madeira to the tropics was no easy feat. Most...

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