Verdelho hails from Madeira but was introduced into Western Australia by the early settlers. It has been a mainstream grape in this state ever since.
Verdelho is capable of producing distinctive dry wines as well as luscious sweet and fortified styles. Even at high sugar levels, the natural tendency is to retain a healthy acidity in the grapes. This makes for healthy ferments and sparkling fruit flavours and a wine that cellars well, improving as it gets older. It is a great grape for warm climates but by virtue of its early ripening habit adapts well to cooler areas.
Verdelho is not an easy grape to grow because of its susceptibility to powdery mildew. If one relaxes one's vigilance it will reveal the problem faster than the roses that are occasionally planted at the end of vine rows for that purpose.
AROMA: A pungent fruit salad aroma with strong nectarine, ripe pear, lychee and guava characters, with hints of kiwi fruit, honeysuckle, spice and lanolin.
PALATE: A richly flavoured wine with an abundance of sweet fruit. Ripe nectarine and tropical fruits dominate which is typical of the variety, while more subtle characters like rock melon, peach, cumquat and confection are also present. The wine is textural with refreshing chalky acidity and a flavour profile that compliments spicy food perfectly.