Saddler’s Verdelho

Hillside, Hunter Valley, NSW

Verdelho is a classic grape variety associated with the fortified wines of Madeira, off the coast of Portugal. It was the most planted grape variety there in the 19th Century, Today, it is still grown in Europe, but is more prominent in Australia and the Americas, where it is usually used to make dry white wines.

In Madeira, Verdelho was historically used to make an oxidized white wine, although the introduction of phylloxera in the 1860s had a devastating effect on the island’s wine industry. A lot of the Verdelho vineyards were replaced with Tinta Negra Mole, although Verdelho fared better than many of Madeira’s other historical grape varieties. However, wines made from Tinta Negra Mole were still labeled as Madeira Verdelho until 1993, when legislation was introduced stipulating that any wines stating a grape variety on the label must contain at least 85 percent of that variety. This has considerably reduced the number of Madeira Verdelho wines in the market.

Australia has been making Verdelho-style wines since the 1820s. There, it has a reputation as a simple, fruit-forward wine with good acidity and freshness.

Verdelho is usually produced as a varietal wine but it is also common to blend it with Chardonnay or Sémillon. The wines are typically not designed for aging and best consumed young.

$26.00 Club Equus Price: $19.50

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Winemaker's Notes

Our 2019 Verdelho is crafted from grapes grown on the neighbouring Hillside Vineyard, only a stones throw from our winery. Brimming with aromoas of fresh tropical fruits and a palate of fresh fruit sweetness with a crisp dry finish. Perfectly matched to Asian Cuisine or a casual wine in the sunlight.

Awards

Wine State Notes

4 Stars (2019) - Equal top wine in the emerging wine varietals tasting

Food Matching

Verdelho is quite a versatile wine and pairs well with shellfish, particularly freshly shucked oysters.