Madiera Flight! – Only $20 –including the 1971 Oliveira
Stop in anytime from now till Christmas and try these
amazing Madieras – discover something new this holiday season!
Madeira is a fortified Portuguese wine made in the Madeira Islands. Madeira
is produced in a variety of styles ranging from dry wines which can be consumed
on their own as an aperitif, to sweet wines more usually consumed with dessert.
The islands of Madeira have a long winemaking history,
dating back to the Age of Exploration when Madeira was a standard port of call
for ships heading to the New World or East Indies.
To prevent the wine from spoiling, neutral grape spirits were added. On the
long sea voyages, the wines would be exposed to excessive heat and movement
which transformed the flavour of the wine. This was discovered by the wine
producers of Madeira when an unsold shipment
of wine returned to the islands after a round trip. Today, Madeira
is noted for its unique winemaking process which involves heating the wine up
to temperatures as high as 60 °C (140 °F) for an extended period of time and
deliberately exposing the wine to some levels of oxidation. Because of this
unique process, Madeira is a very robust wine
that can be quite long lived even after being opened.
NV Barbeito Rwc
Charleston Sercial $49.99
The non-vintage RWC Charleston Sercial (May 2012 bottling)
has a light, crisp bouquet of walnut, mahogany bureau, pressed flowers and a touch
of marmalade that demonstrates fine delineation. The palate is taut and crisp
on the entry with tangy marmalade, quince, a touch of cough candy and orange
peel. It has superb acidity with a very fine, elegant finish that is absolutely
NV Barbeito Rwc Baltimore Rainwater $49.99
The non-vintage RWC Baltimore Rainwater (bottled January
2012) was designed to reintroduce Rainwater as a prestige style rather than the
cheaper, paler versions of years gone by. Its template was a Rainwater that
Mannie Berk tasted from the 1820s. It has a light lanolin, melted candle wax,
dried fig and orange blossom-scented bouquet that expands nicely with aeration.
The palate is crisp and light on the entry, with a vibrant citric thread that
combines succinctly with bitter orange and mandarin notes. It is laced with a
touch of toffee towards the elegant finish. This is delicate, understated and delicious.
d'Oliveira Malvazia Reserva $99.99
The 1990 Malvasia offers an uncomplicated bouquet of
over-ripe oranges and apricots, with hints of barley sugar in the background.
The palate is well-balanced and builds convincingly towards an elegant, tangy
marmalade finish that lingers in the mouth. It might lack depth, but it is well
d'Oliveira Terrantez Reserva $199
The 1971 Terrantez is from the Adegas do Torreao reserves.
It is fragrant and composed on the nose with dried apricot, quince, Asian spice
and honeycomb that is well-defined and easy-going. The palate is voluminous in
the mouth with crisp, hazelnut and smoke-infused, almost Sauternes-like fruit.
It is very well-balanced and extremely well-focused with a composed, razor
sharp, lemongrass finish. This is a Terrantez from the very top drawer.
It was in 1850 that Joao Pereira d’Oliveira founded his
company. He initially sold wines to other shippers, and it was not until the
1970s that they began to sell Madeira wines
under their own label (though they continued to sell and buy lots, to and from other
shippers.) It is a small company, but there are plentiful stocks of reserve
wines. Their policy is to bottle on demand, which means their vintage wines can
invariably benefit from extended cask aging.