Definition of maderization in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˌmadərʌɪˈzeɪʃ(ə)n/
(also maderisation)


[mass noun]
A form of oxidation which gives white wine a brownish colour and caramelized flavour like that of Madeira.
Example sentences
  • The frequent mention of the darkening of the colour of the great whites suggests that maderization was normal and, indeed, desired.
  • Maderization can make a fortified wine more rich and nutty, while it spoils wines of lower alcohol.



Example sentences
  • Lack of modern equipment, absence of western influence, and a desire for strong, sweet drinks made syrupy, maderized wines the norm in state wineries in the past.
  • As a white wine gets older it becomes maderized or oxidized and begins to turn brown in color; this is generally due to improper storing conditions, and is definitely not a good sign.


1950s: from French madérisation, from madériser, from Madère 'Madeira'.

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