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Tinta Negra Mole

Tinta Negra Mole
Tinta Negra Mole is light-skinned red wine grape variety native to Madeira island in Portugal and it is responsible for more than 60 % of the plantings there, and it was created over 200 years ago as a crossing between Pinot Noir and Grenache. The name means "black soft" due to the berries being soft and fleshy and the character of the grape variety. It is a grape which has high yields and usually is used for the fortified Madeira, but it makes good table rosés and pale red wines. Depending on the elevation, humidity, region and sun exposure, the grapes can achieve richer or drier wines. In the 1980s it was recognized as a noble Madeira grape variety, but typically 15% or less is Tinta Negra Mole, with the rest being Bual, Sercial, Malvasia or Verdelho. If the label does not state one of the 4 noble grapes, then it is definitely a Tinta Negra Mole Madeira. It is used for the younger styled Madeira wines.

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