This is a fortified wine made from late picked Verdelho grapes. The resultant juice is matured in Oak barrels . The wine is made in a Solera method.
Verdelho is one of the Portuguese grape varieties used to make Madeira.
Originally plantings of Verdelho in the Broke Fordwich Wine Region were used to make Madeira but with the emergence of Verdelho as a white table wine you rarely see the Madeira style.
At Catherine Vale we have 200 Verdelho vines set aside for making our Madeira in the Solera style. Each year we have allowed the fruit to stay on the vine for an extended period before crushing and fermentation. Spirit is added and the process is repeated each season.
Our current release has been 10 years in the making. It has a smoky complexity with orange amber colour and high-toned rancio acidity. We intend to pursue this style well into the future.
James Halliday rating: 90
Shipping arrangements can be organised for small quantities by contacting Catherine Vale on 02 6579 1334 . Selling price $25.00 per bottle
Available for tasting and sales from the Cellar Door