Category: Production Methods

Mystery Madeira bottle; 1920 Vinho Velho

  The detective awakens in me. Time to solve a mystery. An unknown bottle of Madeira wine just craving for identification.  Or is it? Madeira that is…. Unknown bottles are a gambling game. They can either be pure crap that…

Rainwater – a diluted Madeira?

  Some wines it is only logical you approach with great suspicion or caution. It may be an odd looking bottle where your initial thought probably is something like: “Ok, so they couldn’t sell it based on the content.” Or…

Vinhos Barbeito: 2002.85.110.1035

  Funny actually. Tinta Negra stands for around 85 per cent of the viticultural landscape on the island and yet I’m about to praise a limited edition version with only 1,035 bottles produced. The initiated already knows what’s on my…

Vinhos Barbeito Malvasia Cask 40a vs Cask 44a

  I’ve said it before; I’m a huge fan of Ricardo’s Colheita wines and amongst all of them there’s one particular that’s just stunning – the 2000 Malvasia Single cask 44a.  You just can’t ask for more grape character than…

Blandy’s 2004 Harvest Malmsey

  What Francisco Albuquerque has done for Madeira wine deserves some respect whether you like the MWC style or not. With Francisco as the head oenologist, MWC has shown they’re willing to – and want to – modernize the view…

Henriques & Henriques 10 Years Old Verdelho

  Lack of inspiration or motivation you might think. After all, how much can one write about Madeira wine on a regular basis? But no, there’s nothing wrong with my passion and love when it comes to the wines from…

Veiga França 1940 Solera

  Veiga França, Silva Vinhos and H.M. Borges. The Solera 1940 that once started at Veiga França have spent some time traveling between the lodges due to its owners ending up in bankruptcy. Therefore, it feels good it now has…

If these casks could talk….

  Madeira aged in a canteiro system is all about old casks. I mean really old! Beyond the angel’s shares due to the evaporation, the casks also might start leaking suddenly and thus in urgent need of being fixed.  Entering…

Pereira d’Oliveira 1981 Verdelho Colheita

  Colheita. When most of us bump into the term we think of Port wine and not Madeira. Fair enough considering it’s a relative newcomer for Madeira wines. Simply put it’s, in Douro, a tawny port from a single vintage…

H.M. Borges 1940 Solera

  A few years ago I had the luck to purchase some discounted bottles of the Veiga França 1940 Reserva Solera, a producer not existing anymore. Veiga França went out of trade during the 1990’s I believe – and their…

Who’s checking out Mad about Madeira regularly?

  Keeping a blog that solely handles Madeira demands some mental activity. Not only is the subject as narrow as it possibly can be – the Madeira cognoscente around the world are not that many either. Think about it; in…

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