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Sercial

Sercial is a white wine grape variety probably originating from Bucelas near Lisboa, Portugal. Often referred to as one of the classic varieties for the production of Madeira, the grape is used to produce dry styles of fortified wine with a distinctively nutty character.

Colour, Aromas and Taste Profile

Sercial produces light-skinned berries with a slightly citrus character and lower sugar levels than other Madeira varieties. The wines have high acidity, a pale yellow colour and a zesty, citrus aroma with a hint of almond and honey. On the palate, they are full-bodied and dry, with a distinct nutty character and a long finish.

Fresh Sercial grapes on the vine

Regional Features & Food Pairings

Sercial is primarily grown in the Madeira archipelago, with some small plantings in mainland Portugal and even France. It is used to produce some of the finest and driest Madeira wines. Sercial produces big bunches of medium-sized, thin-skinned berries. The grapes ripen late and are susceptible to rot. The grapes are harvested when they reach a specific sugar level and are then fortified with grape brandy and aged in oak casks for several years. The wines produced from Sercial grapes vary in style depending on the region. In Madeira, the wines are dry and nutty, with a distinct citrus character. In mainland Portugal, the wines are light-bodied and floral, with hints of citrus and honey. The fortified wines of Sercial are best served with aged cheeses or as a digestif.

Foods to pair with Sercial:

Asian food
Fish
Light meat
Salad
Fun Fact about Sercial
Sercial is often referred to as one of the 'noble' varieties of Madeira and has to be aged for a minimum of five years.

Top Wines with Sercial

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Blandy's 5 Year Old Sercial Madeira (Dry)

Blandy's

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Blandy's 5 Year Old Sercial Madeira is a dry wine that showcases the expertise of the producer in crafting exceptional Madeira wines. This wine hails from the beautiful island of Madeira, known for its unique vineyard features such as volcanic soils and steep terraces. The winemaking process involves aging the wine for five years in oak casks, allowing it to develop a complex and refined character. With its crisp acidity and vibrant flavors, this Sercial Madeira offers a delightful balance of citrus, dried fruit, and nutty notes. It is a perfect choice for those seeking a dry wine with a touch of elegance and sophistication.
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Blandy's 10 Year Old Sercial Madeira (Dry)

Blandy's

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3.9
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4.5
Blandy's 10 Year Old Sercial Madeira is a dry 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 such as volcanic soils and a maritime climate. The winemaking process involves aging the wine for a decade in oak casks, allowing it to develop complex flavors and aromas. The result is a wine with a crisp and refreshing style, characterized by its vibrant acidity and notes of citrus, dried fruits, and nuts. Blandy's 10 Year Old Sercial Madeira is a perfect choice for those seeking a sophisticated and elegant wine experience.
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Henriques & Henriques Sercial 10 Years Old Madeira

Henriques & Henriques

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Henriques & Henriques 10 Years Old Sercial Madeira is a fortified wine from a small island in the Atlantic. Crafted in the beautiful island appellation of Madeira, this wine is made from indigenous grapes grown in high-altitude vineyard sites. The vineyards benefit from the island's volcanic soil and the influence of the Atlantic Ocean, resulting in grapes with vibrant acidity. The winemaking process involves picking early for freshness, aging the wine for 10 years allowing it to develop complexity and depth. The style of this Madeira is characterized by its dryness, vibrant acidity, and enticing aromas of citrus and almond. It is a truly exceptional wine that will delight any fortified wine enthusiast.
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Luis Pato Beiras Vinhas Velhas Branco

Luis Pato

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Luis Pato Beiras Vinhas Velhas Branco is a premium white wine produced by the renowned Portuguese winemaker Luis Pato. This wine comes from the Beiras appellation, which is known for its unique terroir and diverse grape varieties. The vineyards used to produce this wine are characterized by old vines, which impart a distinct complexity and depth to the wine. The winemaking process involves careful selection of the grapes, gentle pressing, and fermentation in stainless steel tanks. The resulting wine is a beautifully balanced and elegant expression of the region, with notes of citrus, stone fruit, and minerality. This wine is perfect for those who appreciate a high-quality white wine with a unique character.
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Rare Wine Co. Charleston Sercial (Special Reserve)

Rare Wine Co.

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Rare Wine Co. Charleston Sercial (Special Reserve) is a remarkable wine that showcases the expertise of its producer. This wine hails from the appellation of Charleston, known for its unique vineyard features that contribute to the exceptional quality of the grapes. The winemaking process is carefully executed, resulting in a wine that is truly special. The style of this Sercial is elegant and refined, with a perfect balance of flavors and aromas. It is a wine that stands out for its complexity and depth, making it a must-try for wine enthusiasts looking for something truly extraordinary.
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seafood
roasted nuts
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