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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: fairly acidic, light-bodied, crisp, refreshing, lemon, green apple, lemongrass. In Madeira: nutty, toffee, dried apricots, lemon zest, smoky.
Regions where the grape is currently important: Portugal: Madeira, Douro, Dao; Australia, California, possibly Italy if related to Verdello
Type or types of wines the grape produces: dry white, fortified
Description 2 of 2
The name of this Portuguese white grape is most closely associated with the island of Madeira, where ‘Verdelho’ refers to a wine style between the drier Sercial and the more rich Bual. Verdelho wine became a rarity in the post-phylloxera era, but today is fairly widely grown in Spain, Portugal and Australia. The Verdelho vine generally yields small bunches with notably hard berries giving highly-acidic musts. In other parts of Portual, Verdelho is a recommended white variety for the production of white port in the Douro as well as crisp dry whites in Dão.
, you sure are one laid backed dude! No matter what the scene, you’re perfectly comfortable whether riding the big surf Down Under, hanging loose in Spain, or simply soaking in the sun and getting ‘baked’ in hot and humid Madeira. There’s no doubt that we shall soon spot you catching waves in coastal California. – Description from Appellation America (view original content)
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