N.V. Miles Madeira Malmsey 10 Year Old Rich

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Madeira
Country: Portugal
Wine Spectator: 92
Fortified Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 19.0%
Price :
$31.95

"This is creamy, savory and lush, with plenty of caramel notes to the baked pear, dried apricot and fig flavors. Offers a broad finish, with savory and dried citrus accents. Complex and alluring. Drink now through 2040. 250 cases imported. –KM" (WS)

Winery Notes:
GRAPE VARIETIES:
Malmsey

VINIFICATION:
Miles 10 year old Malmsey underwent fermentation off the skins with natural yeast at temperatures between 18°C - 21°C in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. After approximately 48 hours, fortification with grape brandy takes place, arresting fermentation at the desired degree of sweetness.

MATURATION:
Miles 10 year old Malmsey was aged in American oak casks in the traditional 'Canteiro' system. This comprises of the gentle heating of the wine in the lofts of the lodges in Funchal. Over the years the wine is transferred from the top floors to the middle floors and eventually to the ground floor where it is cooler. After this gradual 'estufagem' the wine underwent racking and fining before the blend was assembled and bottled.

SPECIFICATION:
Alcohol: 19% ABV pH: 3.46 Residual Sugar: 116 g/l Total Acidity: 6.38 g/l tartaric acid

SERVING & CELLARAGE:
Miles 10 year old Malmsey is fined and does not require decanting. It is a superb accompaniment to dessert dishes, especially fruit, cakes, rich chocolate puddings and cheeses. It has been bottled when ready for drinking and will keep for several months after opening.

TASTING NOTES:
Colour: deep chestnut with golden highlights. Nose: characteristic Madeira bouquet of dried fruits, toffee and spices. Palate: rich and full-bodied Madeira with a complex, honeyed finish and beautifully balanced acidity.