Wines: Madeira

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Wines: Madeira

A remote volcanic island and home to the most indestructible but yet beautifully expressive wine. Situated 600 miles off the coast of Portugal, it was a useful stop off point for the Dutch East India Company among other fleets during the 17th and 18th centuries to stock up on supplies.
It was quickly discovered that the fortified wines picked up on the island actually improved after crossing the tropics. The island's producers quickly cottoned on to this and developed rooms called Estufas that simulated the hot and humid environment the barrels would have been exposed to inside a ship.
Some of the finest examples come from Blandy's who's extensive range spans from a young 5 year bottling through to vintages going back over 100 years. Meanwhile, The Rare Wine Company's Historic Series provides a great opportunity to try a selection of exceptional blended Madeira's that replicate the style and complexity of a great vintage Madeira but at the fraction of the price.