Category: Vintage

The resurrection of Listrão?

  Madeira wine is not restricted merely to the island itself. Grapes are also cultivated on the island of Porto Santo. Located northeast of Madeira, Porto Santo differs a lot compared to the main island, climate wise and also soil…

Madeira Vintners

  Six months ago I met Paulo Mendes. In Avignon. For two days we tasted a lot of Rhône wines together, had some excellent local cuisine, talked wine and all that surrounds it. Sorting tables, shapes of the casks, age…

2011 Malvasia Harvest In São Jorge

  I realize I’m in possession of so many photographs and movies from Madeira, that I tend to forget them. Here’s one I found, from September 2011 and the Malvasia harvest in São Jorge, at the beautiful Quinta do Furão,…

Leacock’s; 1860 Sercial Solera

  I’m a great fan of old Madeira Soleras. They often possess an unbeatable elegance which of course compensates for less intensity and concentration found in the vintage wines. Elegance. I use this word a lot. I’m well aware of…

Cossart Gordon – 1973 & 1975 Verdelho

  Is it fair to compare? I mean, as is the case with this article, taste two wines next to each other in order to understand differences. Isn’t there a risk you find a favorite – and although the less…

Friends, Coming Home & An 1890 Verdelho

A week has passed since the winners in the Wine Blog Awards were announced. One week. Time to put an end to the mourning period, wipe off the tears and accept the fact the world wasn’t fully ready yet to…

Madeira – 2012 Vintage Report

Vintage variation and vintage expectation; does this matter when it comes to Madeira wine? The doubtful might question if it gives any meaning to talk about it, considering it’s only microscopic amounts of Vintage Madeira produced every year. Furthermore, most…

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…

Vinhos Barbeito – 1885 Verdelho

1885. That’s 128 years ago. The Danish physicist Niels Bohr’s birth year. And the Verdelho of Vinhos Barbeito.  How’s it possible that a wine is at its best more more than a century after production? Can you explain it for…

H.M. Borges – A Sercial Quartet

Over the years I’ve conducted a lot of tastings. Those I most clearly remember are not the ones involving the great names and vintages, but the occasions where the participants has left the tasting in a vision like mode. When…

Complexa; Authorized but any good?

The legislation separates the grape varieties in two sections; the recommended and the authorized. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist in order to understand that the advocated grapes are the only ones wanted, but then again, why also…

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