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Leacocks 1973 Verdelho Vintage Madeira is a special order item and is only available in extremely limited quantities.
Delivery can take 7 days or more. Please telephone 01329 822733 or email for availability.
Leacocks Madeira is an historic Madeira company founded by John Leacock. Leacock worked as an apprentice at a Madeira merchant until March 1749. When his apprenticeship expired he started trading with an old school friend, John Patient, who was residing, at that time, in Charlestown, South Carolina and Leacocks Madeira was established. The company remained and importer Madeira company and passed through family hands until 1925 when Leacocks and Blandys amalgamated their interestes and joined the Madeira Wine Association, now the Madeira Wine Company, who also own Miles and Cossart Gordon Madeiras. Leacocks has been consistantly producing world renowned vintage Madeiras since 1760.
Madeira is a fortified wine made in the Portuguese Madeira Islands and, due to its unique vinification method, which involves heating the wine in special warehouses, it is one of the world’s longest lived wines and Vintage Madeira makes a superb birthday or anniversary present. This vintage Madeira has been aged in seasoned American oak casks in the traditional “Canteiro” system, whereby the casks were gradually transferred from the top floors of various wine lodges, where it is naturally warmer, to the middle floors and eventually to the ground floor where it is cooler during its maturation. The Canteiro method is only used for the highest quality Madeira, these wines are aged without the use of any artificial heat, being stored by the winery in warm rooms left to age by the heat of the sun. The Madeira wine is regularly racked and when it reaches the desired stage of maturity it is bottled. Vintage Madeira, or Frasquiera as it is also known, must be aged in cask for a minimum of 19 years in cask and 1 year in bottle, in practise they are aged for much longer, before being bottled under Madeira Wine Institute supervision.
Traditionally Madeira varies in style and sweetness depending on the grape variety that the Madeira is made from. Sercial produces the driest style, the rarer Tarrantez and Verdelho produce a Medium Dry style, Bual (sometimes call Boal) produces a Medium Rich style and Malvasia (also known as Malmsey) produces the richest and sweetest styles.
Leacocks 1973 Verdelho Vintage Madeira is made from 100% Verdelho grapes and is made in a medium dry style. A perfect gift for anyone born in 1973 or perhaps celebrating a wedding anniversary from 1973.