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Bual

Bual represents a group of Portuguese white grape varieties, which are widely grown in the Madeira Islands, Portugal, and are used to produce a medium-sweet style Madeira.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Fresh Bual grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Bual represents a group of Portuguese white grape varieties, such as Boal Branco (or Boal Cachudo) and Malvasia Finca. Other forms of Bual/Boal include Boal Bagudo, Boal Bonifácio (or Vital or Malvasia Corada), Boal Barreiro, Boal Carrasquenho, Boal de Alicante, Boal Espinho and Boal Ratinho. The Bual grape is quite hardy and can withstand very hot temperatures and high winds. It ripens late in the season and can be prone to both powdery and downy mildews. It is usually blended with other varieties such as Malmsey and Verdelho to create fortified wines high in alcohol and sweetness. In Madeira, the Bual grape is used to make a medium-sweet to sweet, fortified wine. It has a deep yellow to amber colour and aromas of figs, raisins and butterscotch, nuts, caramel, toffee and orange peel. The sweet and nutty flavours of Bual wines make them a great accompaniment to a variety of desserts. They also pair well with salty and spicy foods, such as cured meats and cheeses.

Foods to pair with Bual:

Asian food
Curry
Deep fried
Fish
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Bual
Bual is also known by the name Boal.

Top Wines with Bual

Bottle of Blandy's 5 Year Old Bual Madeira (Medium Rich) from search results

Blandy's 5 Year Old Bual Madeira (Medium Rich)

Blandy's

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Blandy's 5 Year Old Bual Madeira is a delightful medium-rich wine that showcases the expertise of the producer. Made in the beautiful appellation of Madeira, this wine is crafted from grapes grown in unique vineyard features that contribute to its exceptional quality. The winemaking process involves careful aging for five years, resulting in a wine that is rich and complex. With its medium richness, this Bual Madeira offers a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity, making it a versatile choice for pairing with a variety of dishes. Its smooth and velvety texture, combined with its enticing flavors, make it a true delight for wine enthusiasts.
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fruit-based desserts
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Bottle of Blandy's 10 Year Old Bual Madeira (Medium Rich) from search results

Blandy's 10 Year Old Bual Madeira (Medium Rich)

Blandy's

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Blandy's 10 Year Old Bual Madeira is a medium rich wine that showcases the expertise of the producer in crafting exceptional Madeira wines. This wine hails from the beautiful appellation of Madeira, known for its unique vineyard features and ideal climate. The grapes used in this wine are carefully selected and undergo a meticulous winemaking process, resulting in a wine that is rich, balanced, and full of character. With its medium richness, this Bual Madeira offers a harmonious blend of sweetness and acidity, making it a versatile choice for pairing with a variety of dishes or enjoying on its own.
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roasted nuts
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dried fruits
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Bottle of Cossart Gordon 5 Years Old Madeira Bual Medium Rich from search results

Cossart Gordon 5 Years Old Madeira Bual Medium Rich

Cossart Gordon

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Cossart Gordon 5 Years Old Madeira Bual Medium Rich is a delightful fortified wine that showcases the expertise of the producer. Made in the beautiful appellation of Madeira, this wine is crafted from carefully selected grapes grown in unique vineyard conditions. The winemaking process involves aging the wine for five years, allowing it to develop a rich and complex flavor profile. With its medium richness, this Madeira offers a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity. It is characterized by notes of caramel, dried fruits, and a hint of nuttiness. This wine is a true testament to the artistry and tradition of Madeira winemaking.
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blue cheese
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Rare Wine Co. Boston Bual (Special Reserve)

Rare Wine Co.

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Rare Wine Co. Boston Bual (Special Reserve) is a remarkable fortified wine that showcases the expertise of its producer. Hailing from the esteemed appellation of Madeira, this wine is crafted from grapes grown in unique vineyard sites. The vineyards benefit from the island's volcanic soil and maritime climate, resulting in grapes with exceptional flavor and complexity. The winemaking process involves careful aging in oak casks, allowing the wine to develop its distinctive character. With its rich and luscious style, Rare Wine Co. Boston Bual (Special Reserve) offers a harmonious balance of sweetness and acidity, making it a delightful choice for those seeking a truly special wine experience.
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blue cheese
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Bottle of Broadbent Madeira Reserve 5 Years Old from search results

Broadbent Madeira Reserve 5 Years Old

Broadbent

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Michael Broadbent, a distinguished figure in the world of wine and a Master of Wine from England, held the prestigious position of Chief Auctioneer at Christie's. Under his leadership, Christie's wine department became the foremost among auction houses. Renowned for his legendary affection for Madeira, he, along with his son Batholomew, founded Broadbent Wines in 1987. This company specialized in crafting their own Madeira and Port wines. Their success in reintroducing Madeira to the American market, where it was once considered among the best and most famous wines before Prohibition, reestablished its prominence. Additionally, the Broadbents ventured into Vinho Verde, producing fine, light, and classic examples.
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cheese plates
chocolate desserts
fruit-based desserts
roasted nuts
salads
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