Malmsey

Name of varietal: Malmsey

Common synonyms: Malvoisie, Malvasia, Malvasia Istriana, Malvazia, Monemvasia

Parentage of the grape: thought to be indigenous to Greece

History of the grape: Malvasia is one of those rabbit-like vines that likes to procreate, often spontaneously. For this reason, there are dozens of clones and subspecies derived from the original, and it comes in both red and the much more common white. It is believed to have originated in Greece as Monemvasia, and was brought to Italy by the Romans, from where it spread most notably to Spain, France, Portugal and Croatia.

In most places in Europe, it has an often unbilled role in blends and bulk wines, though some more sophisticated productions exist and are worth looking out for. In Italy, it is vinified in the north as a single varietal in dry white wines as Malvasia Istriana. It is also one of the grapes used in Vin Santo fortified wine.

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  • Cyprus and Paphos vales, the smiling LovesMight leave with joy fair ... ... ...  Sometimes, it is. Malmsey and Boal Madeira (named after the grapes they’re made from) are sweet, but both are usually made with puckering acidity, which balances the sweetness. Other grapes, Verdelho and Sercial, produce usually off-dry and dry wines, respectivel... Read More

    From the article Madeira: Twenty Years on the Comeback Trail


  • It is possible to order online and that's pretty much the only way I buy ... off with sweeter one. Get Malmsey or Bual. Malmsey is good because that's what they used to drown the kids in Shakespeare's Richard III. They're all good to drink though!Those names though, are based on the grape varieties used and the vinification, they're not the na... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • Hi there!I will begin by saying I know absolutely nothing about wine! Which is why I am on this site begging for help!! Lol. I would really like to get my sister and her fiancé a bottle of wine that can age for 25 years. So my questions are: What kind of wine (I don't even have a preference) and what is the most reasonable price range? I figure ... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Hello Snooth!


  • The Rare Wine Co. Historic Series New York Malmsey Special Reserve NV

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    Wine review by NealS


  • Broadbent 10 Year Malmsey Madeira NV

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    A new favorite! Classic candied orange notes take on woodier tones - perhaps a hint of pine. Delicious, complex, great for the holidays. Read More

    Wine review by worldsmith


  • Virgona Malvasia Delle Lipari Passito 2008

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    AUD$86/500ml. It is produced with 95% Malvasia white grapes and 5% Corinto ... ... ... used to make Madeiran Malmsey. Malsavia is used to make white wine, dessert wines and fortified wines in countries such as Italy, Croatia, Spain, Madeira and in some regions of the Californian coast. Each region has its own indigenous varietals, so there mu... Read More

    Wine review by Terence Pang


  • Blandy's 10 Year Old Malmsey Madeira 2000

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    Paired with Tasso stuffed, bacon wrapped dated stewed in tomato saucecaramel - soy sauce - molasses - toasted hazelnut - honeycaramel color pair with macadamia nut brownie or hazelnut tart with honey glazealso good with flan Read More

    Wine review by Merindadk


  • Broadbent 10 Year Malmsey Madeira NV

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    This is a wine that will last you a while! it has very big flavor, like chocolate and wood. The fruits are orange-like and bright, perhaps with some age to them. Read More

    Wine review by LaCiCaDa


  • Henriques & Henriques Madeira Finest Medium Rich 5 Years Old NV

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    Wine review by martins2002


  • The Rare Wine Co. Historic Series New York Malmsey Special Reserve NV

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    Wine review by Barberolo


  • just bought blandy's 10 yr old in portugal. what type of wine glass? serve with chocolates nuts. can i serve cheese and crackers?

    Comment by 978612gammyo4 978612 gammyo4


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