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Fortified Wine  »  Portugese Fortified Wine

Fortified wines are those that are made by the addition of grape spirit to wine, usually when the wine is fermenting. The sudden rise in abv stops the yeast from working, thereby ending fermentation. As the grape spirit is usually added at a time when there is a level of unfermented sugar in the wine, it creates a lliquid that is both strong in alcohol and high in natural sugar.

The British are responsible for many of the most well-known fortified wines: port; madeira; marsala. In the era of the sailing ship, many travellers found wines that they enjoyed in Sicily, Portugal and Madeira, but found that transporting them in barrel back to the UK was disastrous for the quality of the wine. Adding a slug of spirit was found to stabilize the wine, enabling thirsty sailors to arrive home with their precious cargo in working order.

N.B. Adding spirit to grape juice, rather than wine, produces what is known as vin de liqueur. These are not fortified wines. Examples include the utterly more-ish Pineau de Charentes.
 

Fortified Wine  »  Portugese Fortified Wine
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10 Year Old Bual
Wine Variety: It transpires that the word Boal (or Bual in English) more accurat…
from: £18.50
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10 Year Old Bual

Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
not specified
  Style
Style:
not specified
Country
Country:
Madeira
  Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
19%
Region
Region:
not specified
  Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
50cl
Producer
Producer:
Blandy's
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
16°C
Appellation
Appellation:
not specified
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
not specified
Colour
Colour:
not specified
  Food
Food:
  • Cheese
  • Puddings
 
10 Year Old Malmsey
Wine Variety: This is one of the many varieties that go by the name Malvasia, ma…
from: £18.50
full details
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10 Year Old Malmsey

Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
Malmsey
  Style
Style:
not specified
Country
Country:
Madeira
  Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
19%
Region
Region:
not specified
  Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
50cl
Producer
Producer:
Blandy's
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
16°C
Appellation
Appellation:
not specified
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
not specified
Colour
Colour:
Fortified
  Food
Food:
  • Cheese
  • Puddings
 
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