Fortified Wine

A perfect partner to cheese, chocolate and nuts, fortified wine has recently found favour with a new generation of drinkers and is exceptionally tasty when enjoyed on its own or as an after-dinner drink. Whether you’re looking for a fruity and refreshing sherry or a rich and full-bodied ruby port wine, at GoodDrop, we offer an impressive selection of sherry, Marsala, and port wine for sale that is sure to satisfy even the most discerning of palates. 

Drink in the fortified wine renaissance with a selection that suits all tastes

Whether you’re a seasoned connoisseur or a newbie to the world of fortified wines, there are a number of tantalising styles available, the best-known being port wine, sherry, and Marsala. Each of these fortified wines has its own unique flavour profile, which is determined, in part, by the grape varietal used:

  • Port wine— A rich and robust fortified wine originating from the Douro Valley in Portugal. It’s typically made from a blend of red grape varietals and fortified halfway through its fermentation process before being bottled or barrel-aged, resulting in a rich, sweet and full-bodied wine.
  • Sherry — Sherry hails from the Andalusia region of Spain. It’s made exclusively from white grapes in Jerez and fortified after the fermentation process is complete, making it drier and lighter in flavour than port wine. Most sherry is barrel-aged in a solera system, where vintages are blended together.
  • Marsala — Made primarily from white grapes grown in Sicily, Italy. Like port wine, Marsala is fortified during the fermentation process. It’s aged for a minimum of 1 year in oak barrels and classified according to its colour — Ambra (amber), Rubino (ruby), and Oro (gold) — which is determined by the selection of grapes.

Buy fortified wine online at GoodDrop — Australia’s alcohol specialists

Whether you’re looking for a dessert tipple or a cocktail ingredient, you’ll find an extensive selection of fortified wines to suit all tastes and budgets at GoodDrop. Shop our range of sherry, Marsala, and port wine for sale and enjoy next business day delivery in the Illawarra or enjoy quick shipping across Australia. While you’re here, don’t forget to check out our latest offers across award-winning spirits, wines and liqueurs.

FAQs

How is port wine different from regular wine?

Port wine is a rich, full-bodied wine made from red grapes grown in the Douro Valley of Portugal. The grapes are crushed, and the juice is fermented with brandy, which stops the fermentation process and leaves residual sugar in the wine. This makes port a sweet wine, although there are also dry, semi-dry and off-dry styles. The liquid is typically aged in barrels for two to three years before it is bottled.

Is fortified wine stronger than red wine?

Fortified wines such as port wine are typically stronger than red wine, with an alcohol content ranging from 16% to 24%. In comparison, most red wines have an alcohol content of around 13%. That’s because they’re fortified with brandy, which results in a sweeter, more intense flavour and increases the alcohol content. 

Do you drink fortified wine warm or cold?

To get the best flavour from your fortified wine, serve it at room temperature or slightly chilled. If you serve it too cold, it will taste flat and lifeless; if it is too warm, the alcohol will be overpowering. Take your fortified wine out of the fridge around 20 to 30 minutes before you plan to serve it — you can always put it back in the fridge if it gets too warm.

What is the best way to drink fortified wine?

It all comes down to personal preference. Some people prefer to drink it straight, while others enjoy it over ice, mixed with tonic, or as part of a cocktail such as a Sour. Whenever you’re enjoying a fortified tipple like port wine on its own, use a balloon glass. It has a wide bowl and a narrow rim which helps to concentrate the wine’s aroma.

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