Verdelho

Name of varietal: Verdelho

Common synonyms: Breval. Often confused with Gouveio in Portugal and Verdejo in Spain, though it is not related to any of these. There is speculation that it is the same grape as Verdello in Italy.

Parentage of the grape: believed indigenous to Madeira island, Portugal

History of the grape: Verdelho has existed on the island of Madeira in Portugal at least as far back as the 15th century. It is both a grape and a style of one of the island’s fortified Madeira wines, falling in the middle between Sercial and Bual in terms of richness, with more acidity and smokiness. But the Phylloxera outbreak destroyed most of the once-prevalent vines, and only a fraction of it was replanted on the island. In the 1970s, a movement to grow more traditional grapes revived plantings on Madeira. Elsewhere in mainland Portugal and other parts of the world, it has since been cultivated for still white wines that are best consumed young.

Characteristics of the grape: as a dry white Read more »

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  • Mollydooker Verdelho Mclaren Vale the Violinist 2008

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    This wine has an awesome aroma full of tropical fruit and some light spice. The wine had a lot of tart grapefruit and lemon but it was WAY TOO HOT. 15.5% alcohol on a white wine is too much for me. Read More

    Wine review by HondaJohn


  • For New Year's, I thought I'd put together a quiz about the wines of Australia and New Zealand. Answers to follow next Monday. And remember no internet peeking!1. What major "wine" city lies adjacent to the Fleurieu Peninsula?2. Houghton's White Burgundy (now called White Classic), an Australian staple and best-seller for 70 years, is a dry whi... Read More

    Forum post in the topic Wine from Down Under Quiz by 6347Rodolphe Boulanger 6347 Rodolphe Boulanger


  • Blandy's 5 Year Old Verdelho Madeira 2006

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    Salty and seaweedy on the nose then nutty with notes of hazelnut and almond joined by a bit of animal glue. This evolves well revealing smoky, tarry,m anise tones with a touch of spearmint lingering above it all. Round and lush in the mouth with lovely integration. The mid-palate is juicy with lots of dark spice notes up front then preserved/dri... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Pereira d'Oliveira Madeira Verdelho Reserva 1905

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    A huge VA tone then penetrating but smelling treacly sweet. There are background notes of dried, faded baking spices like old graham crackers and even a touch of white pepper. Big anf round on entry with great depth and richness to the bittersweet fruit full of fig and dates. Excellent complexity on the backend with it's panoply of spice tones. ... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Blandy's 5 Year Old Verdelho Madeira 2006

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    Fruity and floral on the nose with a minor hop tone. Notes of green hazelnuts and evasive suggestions of red fruit add detail and deoth though this turns decidedly more autumnal with a bit of decaying logs, earth, and a suggestion of tootsie roll. A touch sweet and climsy in the mouth with a solid, dark fruit character tinged with cocoa. Solid l... Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Barbeito Verdelho Madeira 1898

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    Lovely dried fruits on the nose with nuanced tones of maduro cigar and chocolate chip cookie. This smells friendly and round like a warm cup of Cafe au lait. In the mouth this is dark and date filled with a touch of austere tannins that counter the wine's touch of sweetness. The backend shows some quince and a lively touch of bitterness. 89pts Read More

    Wine review by Gregory Dal Piaz


  • Chaminé Branco 2007

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    Wine review by males


  • Fenestra Winery's Verdelho Lodi 2007

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    Received 2 GOLD Medals: 2008 Riverside International Wine Competition AND2008 Orange County Fair Wine Competition! Read More

    Wine review by info16


  • Las Brisas Rueda White 2007

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    wonderful wine, the nose is full of white peaches and soft notes of lillies; great acidity balances these notes out to end with a soft essence of pineapple Read More

    Wine review by barri0s1872


  • Mollydooker Verdelho Mclaren Vale the Violinist 2006

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    Wine review by marianna84


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