NV Cossart Gordon Madeira Bual 5 Year

Year: NV
Appellation: Madeira
Country: Portugal
Wine Spectator: 89
Fortified Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 19.0%
Price :
$19.95
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"Smooth and lush, with loads of glazed apricot, maple, vanilla and cream flavors. Fresh, focused finish. Drink now through 2015. 200 cases imported." (WS)

Winery Notes:
Cossart Gordon & Co. was founded in 1745 and is the oldest company in the Madeira Wine trade. In 1989, the Symington family, renowned fourth generation Port producers, entered a partnership with Cossart Gordon in what had then become the Madeira Wine Company, which also represents Blandy’s, Leacock’s and Miles. Over the last 15 years, the Symington’s have used their winemaking experience, dedication to reinvestment in the vineyards and winery, and worldwide distribution network to revitalize the Madeira trade.

WINEMAKING:
Fermentation off the skins with natural yeast at temperatures between 18°C - 21°C, in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks; fortification with grape brandy after approximately three days, arresting fermentation at the desired degree of sweetness.

Cossart Gordon’s 5 Year Old Bual Madeira was aged in seasoned American oak casks in the traditional “Canteiro” system. In the process the wine is gently heated by warm air in the lofts of the company’s south facing lodge in Funchal. Over the years the casks are transferred from the top floor to the middle floor and eventually to the ground floor where it is cooler. The wine then underwent racking and fining before the blend was assembled and bottled.