Category: Vintage

Cask 44a – again, again and again!

Stuck on the repeat button you think? How many times will he write about the 2000 Malvasia Cask 44a? I know, I should keep my hands off the Malvasia for a while and save some of those precious bottles for…

A royal Madeira!

  Madeira aficionados and collectors on the search for new and unusual finds, should check out the Stockholm Auction house. On the 25th of May starting at 15:00 CET there’s a most interesting lot, no. 3532, containing two bottles of…

An unknown bottle from 1898

Mystery bottles. Unknown producers. Solera? Vintage? Fake? Buying century old Madeira where the producer can’t be confirmed has its unbeatable charm. Not only does it call for the little detective in you – it also has a certain magic to…

Vinhos Barbeito: A grande finale

-There are more modern instruments, but we like this old one, Americo says when explaining for me how they measure the alcohol content in the wines. We’re standing in the laboratory of Vinhos Barbeito together with Americo Pereira who’s guiding…

H.M. Borges – still a desert island wine?

  A cascade of orange peel, sugar cane, nutmeg, vanilla and old casks fills the glass. It’s so complex and sublime you just want to sit there for an hour an savor the bouquet. – We bottled this in celebration…

The last Bastardo

Admit it – Bastardo sounds more interesting than Trousseau. Unfortunately the growers on the island of Madeira disagrees and today the grape is more or less extinct. You will find a plant at Rua dos Ferreiros 109 when you stand…

O divino – AQUI TÃO PERTO

  O divino – AQUI TÃO PERTO. Mr. Luís d’Oliveira shows me the article in December 2009’s issue of Wine – a Portuguese Wine Magazine. As close to heaven as you can get. Yesterday I was close to heaven when…

Pastéis de Nata meets Tinta Negra Mole

Pastéis de Nata – or if you’re in Lisboa – Pastéis de Belém, is a Portuguese custard cake to die for! When served lukewarm and sprinkled with cinnamon it’s truly divine together with an espresso – or when wine is…

Sercial at Blandy’s Wine Lodge

A sudden quick shower surprised us – thankfully just a hundred meters from the Blandy’s Lodge on Avenida Arriaga – can one ask for a better shelter? The Vintage Room at the lodge is heaven for a Madeira wine freak…

Tinta Negra Mole – Give the grape a break!

Bemocked and minimized in importance for years – it is now time to give Tinta Negra Mole, or just Tinta Negra, some credit. Not only for the fact it can provide great varietal wines but also for in some extent…

Bottle number 475 out of 1026!

The coolest thing about the 2000 Malvasia Cask 44a from Vinhos Barbeito? It was not ment to be! In March 2007 Ricardo Diogo V. Freitas decided that amongst the 32 casks of their 2000 Malvasia, cask 40a were to be…

1910 Sercial

Dramatiska händelser utspelar sig i landet vid skördetiden. Den 5 oktober 1910 utbryter en revolution på portugisiska fastlandet och kungen tvingas fly landet. En republik utropas och få visste då att landet snart skulle vara fast i en militärdiktatur som…

Fajã dos Padres

Alla vinregioner har ett namn som står över alla andra i renommé må det vara egendom, vinmark eller vinmakare. Madeira är inget undantag. Avsaknaden av specifika vinmarker, vinifierade och buteljerade separat likt en burgundisk Grand Cru, är det just ett…

Júlio Augusto Cunha – 1928 Sercial

  1820:an ska tydligen vara något i hästväg. Cunha’s Sercial vill säga. Samma år som firman startade klämde man till med en Sercial som fortfarande cirkulerar på marknaden, trots Cunha sedan länge är fusionerat med Pereira d’Oliveira.   Just samgåendet…

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