Category: Boal

A Benchmark Boal

  Last year, d’Oliveiras released the following quintet; 1929 Tinta Negra, 1986 Boal, 1990 Sercial, 1994 Malvasia and 2003 Verdelho Colheita. As has become the case with the company’s new releases, the quality of the wines all impressed. But one…

Blandy’s 30 Years Old Bual – A Great Debut

  There’s a first time for everything. Like producing a 30 Years Old Bual. But hopefully not a last time because Blandy’s initial attempt at the mentioned age level is nothing but brilliant. Many sequels please. No, it’s actually not…

A Monumental Bual – Blandy’s 1966

  2015 was a year filled with good news when it comes to Madeira wine. Tinta Negra was elevated, a new category saw daylight – the 50 Years Old blend, IVBAM launched a promotion and support plan for Terrantez cultivations,…

Barbeito – VB Reserva Lote 3

  The third version of the VB Reserva from Vinhos Barbeito – and also by far my favorite in the trilogy. Blending Verdelho and Bual isn’t something you just do like that; finding the right proportions is essential. That is, if…

H M Borges – 10 Years Old Boal

  He’s one of those we speak too little about, working more quietly in the background. But the expression in his wines are just classic, often shaped the elegant way, and they’re all about balance. Some might say his experience…

A New Release: Blandy’s 2002 Colheita Bual

  At a recent visit to Madeira and Blandy’s, I was poured a new release, the 2002 Colheita Bual. It surprised me a bit, in a positive way, with its elegance, more gentle and cool character style. Yet it had…

Bual Love – A New Cossart Gordon Release

  Thanks for following Mad about Madeira! If you’re on Facebook, the site has a page there as well. Why not like? There’s no doubt about it; Blandy’s do take good care of the Cossart Gordon label. Bearing in mind…

New Releases From D’Oliveiras

  A few weeks ago, d’Oliveiras released five new Madeira wines. What makes this array something extra is the fact that none of the wines has been released before. When talking to Luís d’Oliveira he especially mentions the rare 1901…

Ribeiro Real Lote 1 Boal – Blended Perfection

  Funny actually; I’m not that much into sweets, chocolate or desserts for that matter. Never really been. Guess it comes with the nut allergy I’ve had since childhood. Although it turned milder with age, it’s still there: the avoiding…

Photo Of The Day: Bual

  2012 is considered a very fine vintage for most grape varieties in Madeira. In general 2013 was a more difficult year and yet I’ve heard more than one producer indicate that last year resulted in superior grapes. A more…

Madeira Images & 1984 D’Oliveiras Boal Colheita

  Ok, here goes. More great images from Madeira in October. And a tasting note on a great affordable Boal in the end. Enjoy! Ponta de São Lourenço Funchal sea front Monte cable car Fog, mountains. Magical Madeira.  Fish market…

1958 Vintage Boal Bottled By Pereira d’Oliveira

The 1927 Bastardo, the 1969 Sercial and the 1958 Boal from d’Oliveiras all three have one thing in common; they originally come from the cellar of Adega do Torreão. When sold in the beginning of the millenum Pereira d’Oliveira bought…

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