N.V. Cossart Gordon Madeira Rainwater Medium Dry

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Madeira
Country: Portugal
Wine Spectator: 87
Fortified Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 18.0%
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"Dry apricot and orange peel flavors give this some zip. Vanilla and spice fill the finish. Try on the rocks as an aperitif. Drink now through 2012. 500 cases imported." (WS)

Winery Notes:
Cossart Gordon & Co. was founded in 1745 and is the oldest company in the Maderia 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 Symingtons have used their winemaking experience, dedication to reinvestment in the vineyards and winery, and worldwide distribution network to revitalize the Madeira trade.

Fermentation off the skins with natural yeast at temperatures between 24°C and 26°C, in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks; fortification with grape brandy after approximately four days, arresting fermentation at the desired degree of sweetness.

Cossart Gordon’s Rainwater was transferred to ‘estufa’ tanks where the wine underwent a cyclic heating and cooling process between 45°C - 50°C over a period of three months. After ‘estufagem’ the wine was aged for three years in American oak casks. The wine then underwent racking and fining before the blend was assembled and bottled.