Category: Production Methods

Passion For Wine, Passion For Verdelho

  You know, it’s not all fortified. Madeira wine that is. Although the table wines only represents a fraction of the island’s total production, they are to be found. But – there is always a but – just a few of…

A New Release: Blandy’s 2002 Colheita Bual

  At a recent visit to Madeira and Blandy’s, I was poured a new release, the 2002 Colheita Bual. It surprised me a bit, in a positive way, with its elegance, more gentle and cool character style. Yet it had…

Bual Love – A New Cossart Gordon Release

  Thanks for following Mad about Madeira! If you’re on Facebook, the site has a page there as well. Why not like? There’s no doubt about it; Blandy’s do take good care of the Cossart Gordon label. Bearing in mind…

Vinhos Barbeito’s 2000 Single Cask 44a Malvasia

  And I thought they were all gone! The feeling when realizing you’re still in possession of two bottles of an old favorite is nothing but priceless. But there’s more to the story….   Five years has passed since I…

Photo Of The Day – Being Green

There are almost 1,500 registered vine growers on the island of Madeira and around half of them don’t deliver more than 2,500 kilos of grapes each year. What few perhaps didn’t know is that a lot of these are quite…

Arresting the fermentation – When, How & Why

  A Sercial is dry, a Verdelho semi-dry, the Bual semi-sweet and the Malvasia is sweet. That’s the general definition of the Madeira styles and it’s so well established that even the not so often Madeira consumers knows about it….

Photo Of The Day; Tinta Negra Table Wine

  Straight from the barrel. No filtration. A pour offered at a grower’s house in Estreito de Camara de Lobos, on the south side of the island – Tinta Negra for home consumption only. High acidity, relatively low alcohol but…

The Fortification Process – Facts & Thoughts

  Vinic alcohol. That is, neutral spirit with no characteristics besides the 95.6 percent alcohol by volume content. Used in Madeira to arrest the fermentation. The alcohol is purified by repeated distillation and vinic alcohol simply means that it derives…

D’Oliveiras 1988 Terrantez – A Great Colheita

  For some reason I haven’t written a word about it. The gorgeous 1988 Terrantez Colheita from d’Oliveiras. No, I’m not that kind of guy who keeps the grains of gold for myself; why write a site entirely dedicated to…

Madeira Vintners; Identifying A Native Yeast

  “This year we relied in native yeast and the fermentation went very well, except for the very first ones that took between two and three weeks to start. But has the first ones started the subsequent are quite quick….

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