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Broadbent Terrantez Madeira

Madeira from Portugal
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      The non-vintage Terrantez Old Reserve is a selection of the finest Terrantez grapes (not there is much left on the island) and aged for ten years in oak casks. This was bottled in February 2011. It has a slightly disjointed nose at first, taking time to settle down over several hours and eventually offering a dainty bouquet of hazelnut, antique bureau, orange rind, pressed flowers and a touch of leather. The palate is taut and vibrant on the entry with orange zest, fiery red peppers and a touch of marmalade. Compared to other Broadbent bottlings, it shows more sense of purpose, more “thrust”. It has a palpable sense of symmetry towards the finish that just eases off the accelerator. But this is very true to this wonderful grape variety, especially upon its extraordinarily long, lightly spiced aftertaste.
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      Michael Broadbent is considered the world's most experienced taster of Madeira. He went to the island to select the best wines for the Broadbent Madeiras. This resulted in a collaboration with Justino Henriques, the most important producer of classical Madeira. Produced only from the finest grapes grown on the island, Broadbent Madeira's are made in strict accordance with the traditional methods.

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      Best known for flavorful fortified wines but also producing excellent dry wines, Portugal is unique in that it relies almost exclusively on its many indigenous grape varieties. Bordering Spain to the west on the Iberian Peninsula, this is a land where tradition reigns supreme, perhaps due in part to its relative geographical and, for much of the 20th century, political isolation. Portugal is a long and narrow country, which makes for considerable diversity in climate and wine styles, with milder weather in the north and significantly more rainfall near the coast. With the exception of Port, most Portuguese wines have struggled to garner attention in the international marketplace, perhaps due to the unfamiliar and difficult to pronounce nature of most of its grape varieties and terminology, which means that there are many excellent values to be discovered here by the adventurous consumer. The country is perhaps better known for being the world’s leader in cork production than for its wine.

      Port, made in the Douro Valley, is the fortified wine for which Portugal is most famous. The same region also produces full-bodied dry wines made from the same set of grape varieties, which include Touriga Nacional and Tinta Roriz (Spain’s Tempranillo). The nation’s other important fortified wine, Madeira, is produced on the eponymous island off the North African coast. Other dry wines of the mainland include the tart, slightly effervescent Vinho Verde of the north, the bright, elegant reds and whites of the Dão, and the bold, jammy reds of the Alentejo.

      A fortified wine named after the solitary island from which it comes, Madeira’s home is a steep, volcanic island in the middle of the Atlantic Ocean that rises to over 6,000 feet at its highest point. As is the case with many wine styles of the world, Madeira was born more or less out of a mistake.

      During the 1600 and 1700s, the island of Madeira was an important pit stop for sea treks to the Americas and the East Indies. Shippers would load up on Madeira wine on their way across the Atlantic. Given Madeira’s likelihood to spoil on the journey, they added a little brandy to help preserve it. The subsequent heating and cooling of the casks, as they made their way across the sea, deepened and improved the wines’ flavors.

      Today there are two main types of Madeira. Blended Madeira is mostly inexpensive wine but there are a few remarkable aged styles. Single varietal Madeira, made as both non-vintage or single vintage wines, is usually the highest quality Madeira and has the longest aging potential.

      Four different grape varieties are used.

      Sercial shows lemony, spice and herbal notes with a stony mineral character and make great aperitif wines.

      Verdelho is smoky and dry and pairs with a variety of foods.

      Boal is complex with flavors of roasted coffee, caramel, cocoa and dates.

      Malmsey is the sweetest and fruitiest with roasted nut and chocolate notes.

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