Verdelho is a white grape, originating in Portugal as the variety from which Madeira was made.
In Australia, Verdelho is made as a dry white wine. It is a tropical alternative to Sauvignon Blanc and Rhine Riesling.
All have distinctive aromas and fruit flavours that tend to be more intense than Chardonnay and Semillon. The best examples of Sauvignon Blanc emanate from the more southern latitudes of Marlborough in New Zealand. Their fruit flavours reflect fruits common to the climate i.e. gooseberry, strawberry. Grassy is a term commonly associated with this variety.
Our Verdelho is grown in a much warmer climate and the fruit flavours suggest more tropical flavours such as guava, pineapple, melon, and fruit salad.
Lots of fruit flavour, no residual sugar and no wood treatment. I would not call it a ‘big’ wine, just lots of flavour. One can knock off a bottle very easily.
Verdelho is best served young and fresh as either an aperitif (start drinking at 5pm with cheese and biscuits) and as an accompaniment to Asian and other spicy foods i.e. the wine stands up to strong food flavours.
Serve it chilled, but not too cold otherwise the fruit flavours are not as apparent in the mouth.
Ladies love it!