Verdelho

Verdelho

Verdelho is a white wine grape grown throughout Portugal, though mostly associated with the island of Madeira, where it gives its name to one of the four main types of Madeira wine. At the turn of the 20th century it was the most widely planted white grape in Madeira. Its main success as a table wine though has come from the New World, particularly Australia, where it is one of the niche white wine varieties. Verdelho from Western Australia is fresh and fruity, sometimes with a honeysuckle vein. From Langhorne Creek, it has a soft and flavoursome palate with tropical flavours such as pineapple and guava. And from the Hunter Valley, the variety expresses a spiciness, both on the nose and the palate. In general, if the variety is picked early, it will exhibit citrus and herbaceous elements. If it is picked late, rich fruit flavours will be dominant.