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  • Blandys Verdelho 10 years old Madeira 19% 50cl
    Blandys 10 Year Old Verdelho was aged for 10 years in seasoned American oak casks in the traditional Canteiro system, whereby the casks of this wine are gradually transferred from the top floors of the lodge, where it is naturally warmer, to the middle floors and eventually to the ground floor wh...
    £18.99
  • Madeira D'Oliveiras Miniature Gift Pack 5 years old 4x5cl
    A delightful and traditional looking gift pack containing 4 matures of different styles of 5 year old aged Madeira wines. Madeira 5 Year Old Sweet - This distinguished sweet Madeira characteristically velvety, generous properties, attained by the minimum of five years ...
    £17.99
  • Madeira D'Oliveiras Miniature Gift Pack 10 years old 4x5cl
    A delightful and traditional looking gift pack containing 4 matures of different styles of 10 year old aged Madeira wines. Madeira 10 Year Old Sweet - This distinguished sweet Madeira characteristically velvety, generous properties, attained by the minimum of...
    £19.99
  • Madeira D'Oliveiras 10 years old Dry 50cl
    A Madeira produced on this Island by the careful selection from traditional wine varieties, followed by the meticulous process of elaboration and maturing for ten years in old oak casks. The result is a wine with good structure, darkened in colour with improved bouquet and a pleasant touch of woo...
    £28.99
  • Madeira D'Oliveiras 10 years old Medium Sweet 50cl
    Produced by the combination of grapes from traditional vine varieties grown on this Island and enhanced by a minimum of ten years maturing at favorable temperatures in old oak casks. It is characteriesed by its intermediate sweetness with a woody flavour and a full bodied and pronounced bouquet. ...
    £28.99
  • Madeira D'Oliveiras 10 years old Medium Dry 50cl
    This wine has been produced by combining the use of traditional grape varieties with scrumptiously careful process of vinification, followed by a minimum of ten years maturing in old oak casks. It may be served chilled as an aperitif or even better serving it at room temperature will enhance the ...
    £28.99
  • Madeira D'Oliveiras 10 years old Sweet 50cl
    This 10 year old matured and very personalised Madeira achieves the uniting of the principle attributes of sweetness and smoothness on the palate, with a very fine structure and bouquet and a resulting pleasant finish. It is a rich and noble Madeira, ideal at the end of a meal, either to accompan...
    £28.99
  • Madeira D'Oliveiras Sercial 1989 75cl
    This is a very old Madeira wine classified as Frasqueira that was part of the wine collection of the family that own this wine company. It is made from sercial, a noble grape variety in years when the quality is high and the harvest is excellent, using grapes from the best vines of Madiera whe...
    £90.99
  • Madeira D'Olveiras Sercial 1999 75cl
    This special harvest of Madeira wine was selected from a year of very fine vintage of single grape variety, the production of which was assured by control of the quality of the grapes, ideal ripening conditions and a process of vinification which combines the modern technology with their art o...
    £63.99
  • Madeira D'Oliveiras Sercial 1969 75cl
    This is a very old Madeira wine, classified as 'Frasqueira' that was part of the wine collection of the family that own this wine company. It is made from sercial, a noble grape and a variety of years when the quality is high and the harvest is excellent, using grapes from the best vines of Ma...
    £170.00
  • Duke of Sussex Dry Madeira Blandys 19% 75cl
    Blandy's Duke of Sussex was transferred to 'estufa' tanks where the wine underwent a cyclic heating and cooling process between 45C and 50C over a period of 3 months. After 'estufagem' the wine was aged for three years in American oak casks and then underwent racking and fining before the blend w...
    £14.99
  • Blandys Sercial 10 years old Madeira 19% 50cl
    Blandy s 10 Year Old Sercial was aged for 10 years in seasoned American oak casks in the traditional Canteiro system, whereby the casks of this wine are gradually transferred from the top floors of the lodge, where it is naturally warmer, to the middle floors and eventually to the ground floor wh...
    £18.99
  • Duke of Clarence Rich Madeira Blandys 19% 75cl
    Blandy's Duke of Clarence was transferred to 'estufa' tanks where the wine underwent a cyclic heating and cooling process between 45C and 50C over a period of 3 months. After 'estufagem' the wine was aged for three years in American oak casks and then underwent racking and fining before the blend...
    £14.99
  • Duke of Cumberland Medium Rich Madeira Blandys 19% 75cl
    Blandy's Duke of Cumberland was transferred to 'estufa' tanks where the wine underwent a cyclic heating and cooling process between 45C and 50C over a period of 3 months. After 'estufagem' the wine was aged for three years in American oak casks and then underwent racking and fining before the ble...
    £14.99
  • Blandys Malmsey 10 years old Madeira 19% 50cl
    Blandys 10 Year Old Malmsey was aged for 10 years in seasoned American oak casks in the traditional Canteiro system, whereby the casks of this wine are gradually transferred from the top floors of the lodge, where it is naturally warmer, to the middle floors and eventually to the ground fl...
    £20.50
  • Blandys Malmsey 15 years old Madeira 19% 50cl
    Blandys 15 Year Old Malmsey was aged for 15 years in seasoned American oak casks in the traditional Canteiro system, whereby the casks of this wine are gradually transferred from the top floors of the lodge, where it is naturally warmer, to the middle floors and eventually to the ground fl...
    £26.99
  • Blandys Bual 10 years old Madeira 19% 50cl
    Blandys 10 Year Old Bual was aged for 10 years in seasoned American oak casks in the traditional Canteiro system, whereby the casks of this wine are gradually transferred from the top floors of the lodge, where it is naturally warmer, to the middle floors and eventually to the ground floor where ...
    £18.99
  • Henriques & Henrique Medium Rich 19% 3 years old
    Henriques & Henriques is the third largest Madeira producer on the Island, but they hold the largest amount of vineyards. This medium rich wine is made from a blend 90% Tinta Negra Mole,and10% Bual to produce a medium dark, rich and fruity madeira, with floral notes. Drink with fruits nuts, ...
    £11.99
  • D'Oliveiras Sercial 1910 Reserva 20% 75cl
    A magnificent example of the heights aged Sercial can reach. After maturing for more than 100 years, this is a deeply complex and rich madeira. Possibly the most surprising aspect of this wine is the frisson of citrus acidity that courses through it, even after such extended aging. Over th...
    £302.50

Wines that have had a form of spirit added to them are referred to as fortified wines. The purpose of fortifying wine is to increase its alcohol volume while injecting the flavours and characteristics that come with certain spirits.

What is Fortified Wine?

One of the initial reasons for fortifying wine was to preserve it because ethanol is a natural source of antiseptic. While other methods of preservation have since been created, the production of fortified wine is still very popular because the finished product has such a vast range of flavours.

The most common ingredient added to fortified wine is grape brandy, but a wide variety of flavours, scents and characteristics can also be introduced including grain and sugarcane. This makes the range of fortified wines available immensely diverse, with a huge range of flavours, scents, and characteristics.

Variations of Fortified Wine

Port

Port wine (typically known as Port)originates in the Douro Valley of Portugal's northern province. It tends to be a sweet red wine, but can also come in dry, semi-dry and white varieties.

Sherry

Sherry is a fortified wine made from white grapes that are grown near a town in Spain called Jerez, and "sherry" is actually the English word for Jerez. After fermentation, sherry is fortified with brandy. Due to the fact that fortification is carried out after fermentation, the majority of sherries are initially dry, with sweetness being added later.

Madeira Wine

Madeira is a fortified wine named after its place of origin, the Madeira Islands. Madeira wine is made in a variety of styles, such as dry wines to be consumed on their own, or sweeter wines that are more commonly consumed with dessert. Maderia wine is heated and oxidised (maturation process), resulting in a longer lifespan and a vast range of delicious flavours.

Marsala

Marsala wine is available in both fortified and unfortified variations and originates from Sicily. It was originally produced in 1772 by John Woodhouse, an English merchant, as a budget-friendly alternative to sherry and port wine, and is named after the island's port, Marsala. Both styles are blended with brandy. ‘Fine’, the slightly younger and weaker version, is at least 17% proof and aged for four months or more; while the ‘Superiore’, is at least 18%, and must be aged two years or more.

Are you looking for wine that offers more in regards to its strength and flavour? DrinkFinder’s comprehensive range of wine includes a number of fortified wines from all over the world. Check out our fortified wines online or get in touch if you have any queries.