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    • Tyson Stelzer
      94 points
    • James Halliday
      92 points
    Campbells Classic Rutherglen Muscat NV 500ML
    • Variety Muscat
    • Vintage NV
    • Brand Campbell's Wines
    • Cellaring 15 Plus Years
    • Wine Type Fortified
    • Alcohol Percentage 17.5% Alcohol
    Campbells Classic Rutherglen Muscat NV 500ML
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    • James Suckling
      90 points
    • James Moleswort
      92 points
    Quinta Do Noval Tawny Nv
    • Variety Touriga Nacional
    • Vintage NV
    • Brand Quinta do Noval
    • Cellaring Ready, but will Keep
    • Wine Type Fortified
    • Alcohol Percentage 19.6% Alcohol
    Quinta Do Noval Tawny Nv
    "Noval's Tawny Port is an elegant, fleshy wine with good richness and a fresh,..."
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    • James Halliday
      95 points
    Chambers 'Grand' Rutherglen Muscat Nv (375Ml)
    • Variety Muscat
    • Vintage NV
    • Brand Chambers
    • Cellaring 15 Plus Years
    • Wine Type Fortified
    • Alcohol Percentage 17.5% Alcohol
    Chambers 'Grand' Rutherglen Muscat Nv (375Ml)
    "One of the great wine bargains of the world, and one of the most unique Austr..."
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    • Jancis Robinson
      18.5 points
    Fonseca Vintage Port 750ml 1985
    • Variety Touriga Nacional
    • Vintage 1985
    • Brand Fonseca
    • Cellaring 10-15 Years
    • Wine Type Fortified
    • Alcohol Percentage 19.0% Alcohol
    Fonseca Vintage Port 750ml 1985
    "One of the most spectacular 1994s, this opaque purple-colored wine is an exot..."
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    • James Suckling
      100 points
    Fonseca Vintage Port 750ml 1994
    • Variety Touriga Nacional
    • Vintage 1994
    • Brand Fonseca
    • Cellaring 10-15 Years
    • Wine Type Fortified
    • Alcohol Percentage 19.0% Alcohol
    Fonseca Vintage Port 750ml 1994
    "One of the most spectacular 1994s, this opaque purple-colored wine is an exot..."
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    • The Wine Advoca
      97 points
    • James Halliday
      99 points
    Seppeltsfield Paramount Dp62 Muscat Nv (Half Bottle 375Ml)
    • Variety Muscat
    • Vintage NV
    • Brand Seppeltsfield
    • Cellaring Ready, but will Keep
    • Wine Type Fortified
    • Alcohol Percentage 17.0% Alcohol
    Seppeltsfield Paramount Dp62 Muscat Nv (Half Bottle 375Ml)
    "99 points - James Halliday, AU Wine Companion Aromas of rose petals and pe..."
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    • The Wine Advoca
      99 points
    • James Halliday
      99 points
    • Gary Walsh
      98 points
    Seppeltsfield Paramount Dp64 Tokay Nv (Half Bottle 375Ml)
    • Variety Muscadelle
    • Vintage NV
    • Brand Seppeltsfield
    • Cellaring Ready, but will Keep
    • Wine Type Fortified
    • Alcohol Percentage 17.0% Alcohol
    Seppeltsfield Paramount Dp64 Tokay Nv (Half Bottle 375Ml)
    "100 Points - Ralph Kyte-Powell, The Age Aromas of espresso, vino cotto, pa..."
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    • Jancis Robinson
      18.5 points
    Taylors Fladgate Vintage Port 750ml 1985
    • Variety Touriga Nacional
    • Vintage 1985
    • Brand Taylors
    • Cellaring 10-15 Years
    • Wine Type Fortified
    • Alcohol Percentage 19.0% Alcohol
    Taylors Fladgate Vintage Port 750ml 1985
    "Established in 1593, Taylors Fladgate is the longest running family owned & o..."
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    • Mark Faber
      95 points
    Te Aro Estate Pruners Reward Fortified NV
    • Variety Shiraz Blend
    • Vintage NV
    • Brand Te Aro Wine
    • Cellaring 3-5 Years
    • Wine Type Fortified
    • Alcohol Percentage 19.5% Alcohol
    Te Aro Estate Pruners Reward Fortified NV
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Fortified Wine

Fortified wine is a type of wine that has had a distilled spirit, such as brandy, added to it. The process of fortification increases the alcohol content of the wine and gives it a unique flavor and aroma. Some popular types of fortified wine include Sherry, Port, Madeira, Marsala, and Vermouth, read on for more of an explaination of these types:

  • Sherry is a fortified wine that is produced in the Jerez region of Spain. It is made from a blend of white grapes, such as Palomino, and is aged in barrels using a unique aging method called "solera." Sherry can range in style from dry to sweet and can have nutty and caramelized flavors.
  • Port is a fortified wine that is produced in the Douro Valley region of Portugal. It is made from a blend of red grapes, such as Touriga Nacional, and is aged in barrels. Port is known for its rich, fruity flavor and can range in sweetness from dry to very sweet.
  • Madeira is a fortified wine that is produced in the Madeira Islands of Portugal. It is made from a blend of white grapes, such as Sercial, and is aged in barrels using a unique aging method called "estufagem." Madeira has a rich and nutty flavor and can range in sweetness from dry to very sweet.
  • Marsala is a fortified wine that is produced in the Marsala region of Italy. It is made from a blend of white or red grapes and is aged in barrels. Marsala has a rich and sweet flavor and is often used in cooking.
  • Vermouth is a fortified wine that is flavored with botanicals, such as herbs, spices and roots. It is produced in many countries, and it can be dry or sweet. It is usually consumed as an aperitif or cocktail ingredient.

To make fortified wine, a distilled spirit, such as brandy, is added to the wine while it is still fermenting. This stops the fermentation process and increases the alcohol content of the wine. The wine is then aged in barrels, which can give it a unique flavor and aroma. Fortified wines typically have an alcohol content of around 18-22%, which is higher than most table wines which usually range between 11-14%.

The taste of fortified wine can vary depending on the type and the aging process. Sherry, for example, can range from dry to sweet and nutty, while Port can be rich and fruity with a slightly sweet taste. Fortified wines can be enjoyed as aperitifs, after-dinner drinks or paired with desserts.

Some fortified wines have a long history and traditional production methods, such as Sherry and Port, while others like Vermouth, have become more popular in recent years as a cocktail ingredient.

 

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