Verdelho is a white wine grapes most often associated the island of Madeira, or Portugal and Spain. The grapevines were introduced in Australia in the early 1800s, and much more recently in the United States. Chateau Thomas Winery, in Indiana, makes this wine from hand-harvested grapes, shipped in a refrigerated truck from a vineyard in Lodi, California. Verdelho has aromas of honeysuckle, peaches, and limestone. The wine has mineral flavors with spicy, nutty, overtones, with a lingering finish.
While no one would describe Verdelho as a light white wine, the full-body flavors add a dimension to the enjoyment of this wine. Though this wine is not as familiar to white wine lovers as a Chardonnay or a Sauvignon Blanc and is harder to find, I recommend giving it a try if you get a chance.
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