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A sweet Spanish dessert wine from this area of the Costa del Sol. Very little seems to be imported into Britain, but it"s popular in Germany, Switzerland, Scandinavia and France. The vines are grown on the mountain slopes back from the sea; Pedro-Ximénez accounting for 60% of a blend that also includes Lairen , Moscatel and other local grapes. Unlike Sherry, Malaga is unfortified with brandy, but still achieves a strength of about 16% (some reaching as high as 23%).

Wines mature in oak butts for two or three years, and is then either bottled and sold, or is added to a "solera system" and further matured in a similar way to Sherry. See 'Solera'

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