Styles of madeira: Verdelho

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Oxford Companion to Wine

Oxford Companion to Wine

By Jancis Robinson

Published 2006

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Verdelho, which also tends to be planted on the cooler north side of the island, ripens more easily than Sercial and therefore lends itself to producing a medium-dry wine with Baumé readings of between 1.5° and 2.5° after fortification. With age, the wines develop an extraordinary smoky complexity while retaining their characteristic tang of acidity.