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 like in Madeira with the final preparation being 30% of the wine taken from each of the barrels stored. The present bottling has 14 vintages represented in the bottling.
In Madeira Verdelho is one of the grape varieties used to make this style of wine with at least an additional 3 varieties grown to produce Madeira.
Originally plantings of Verdelho in the Broke Fordwich Wine in the 1930’s 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 Catherine Vale bottling is from 14 vintages. 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