Unlike standard wine, fortified wines last longer and have higher alcohol content, as they have been added with flavourless grape brandy during the fermentation process. Brandy not only acts as a preservative, it also kills the yeast, creating a sweet flavour to the wine. The addition of spirits at different times also changes how sweet or dry the fortified wine is. Adding spirits before fermentation has ended will produce a sweet fortified wine, whereas adding spirits after the wine has fermented will yield a dryer fortified wine.
The two most well-known types of fortified wines are port and sherry. Most port wines are sweet reds, however, they can also be white or dry. Like other sweet fortified wines, port is usually paired with desserts. Through Singapore iShopChangi’s online duty-free shopping, you can shop for fortified wines of your choosing.