Leacock’s Madeira Rainwater
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Leacock’s Rainwater is fined and does not require decanting. It has been bottled when ready for drinking and will keep for several months after opening.
Varietal Composition: 100% Madeira
Elaboration: Leacock’s Rainwater underwent a filmless fermentation with natural yeasts at temperatures between 24ºC and 26ºC in stainless steel vats with controlled temperature. Leacock’s Rainwater was transferred to greenhouse tanks, where it underwent a cyclic heating and cooling process, with temperatures between 40ºC and 45ºC, for three months. After the greenhousegem was completed, the wine was maturing in American oak casks for three years. It was then filtered and clarified before being bottled.
Tasting Notes: Color topaz with golden reflections. Characteristic bouquet of Madeira Wine, dried fruits, orange peel and wood notes. On the palate is medium dry, complemented by an attractive dark citrus fruits and a long and opulent finish of the mouth.
NV – 90 Wine Spectator
The heritage of Leacock’s Madeira goes back to John Leacock who sailed to Madeira from the UK in 1741 at the age of 15. He served an apprenticeship with a company of merchants for eight years when he affiliated himself with an old school friend in Charlestown, South Carolina. This was the beginning of Leacock’s Madeira Wine.
The overall climate on Madeira is sub-tropical and temperate with seven distinct micro-climates. The fertile volcanic soils are acidic allowing Madeira wine to remain fresh even after many years in the bottle. Irrigation is provided by an ancient system of canals called “levadas” that bring water from the mountains.