Broadbent 10 Year Verdelho Madeira
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Broadbent's NV Verdelho 10 Year Old is showing very well, offering up an attractive bouquet of cherries, orange rind, cardamom and honey cake. On the palate, it's full-bodied, satiny textured and enveloping, with ripe but racy acids, a generous core and a nicely defined finish. This is a real success.
A steep, volcanic island in the Atlantic Ocean that rises to over 6,000 feet at its highest point, Madeira actually sits closer to Morocco than Portugal, the country to which it belongs.
Today the vineyards of the island cover tiny step-like terraces called poios, carved from the basalt bedrock. Aptly named Madeira, this fortified wine comes in two main styles. Blended Madeira is mostly inexpensive wine but there are a few remarkable aged styles. Single varietal Madeira (made from Sercial, Verdelho, Boal or Malmsey), is usually the highest quality and has the potential to improve in the bottle for decades.