D'Oliveira

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Country of Origin: Portugal
Location: Funchal
People: Anibal & Luis d'Oliveira, Owners & Winemakers

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D'Oliveira 1977 Bual, Madeira DOC Login WA 94 In Stock
D'Oliveira 1984 Bual, Madeira DOC Login In Stock
D'Oliveira 1987 Bual, Madeira DOC Login
D'Oliveira 1994 Malvasia, Madeira DOC Login On Order
D'Oliveira 1969 Sercial, Madeira DOC Login WA 92 JG 94+ WS 94 In Stock
D'Oliveira 1977 Sercial, Madeira DOC Login WS 93
D'Oliveira 1989 Sercial, Madeira DOC Login
D'Oliveira 1978 Terrantez, Madeira DOC Login AG 90
D'Oliveira 1988 Terrantez, Madeira DOC Login WA 93 WA 87 JG 92 DEC 91 In Stock
D'Oliveira 1981 Verdelho, Madeira DOC Login In Stock
D'Oliveira 1986 Verdelho, Madeira DOC Login WS 93 In Stock
D'Oliveira 1994 Verdelho, Madeira DOC Login AG 91

D’Oliveira is one of the greatest of the classic Madeira shippers, and one of the few to survive from the pre-phylloxera era. Founded in 1850, and an amalgamation of firms dating back to 1820, it is today housed in cellars that date from 1619. This small jewel of a company has always been owned by the D’Oliveira family, its vineyard holdings built up over time through a series of marriages with other wine producing families.

But what is really extraordinary is that D’Oliveira has held on to many of its most famous vintages, creating a unique, and irreplaceable, stock of old wines. And remarkably they are all D’Oliveira wines, not purchased from other shippers or growers. Thus, whether an 1862 Sercial or a 1922 Bual, all were produced by the D’Oliveiras and their ancestors, and generally from their own vineyards in São Martinho, one of the great viticultural sites in Madeira, lying just to the west of Funchal along the island’s south coast.

D'Olivera's house style can best be characterized by very powerful aromatics, great lushness and viscosity, incredible structure, and a tangy character that is essential to the finest wines of the 18th and 19th centuries. As is typical of the most traditional of houses, wines are kept in cask and bottled according to demand.

Wine Advocate 2012
"It was in 1850 that João 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."


Media Links
Chicago Tribune: Madeira - A historic sip

Reviews

  • D'Oliveira 1969 Sercial, Madeira DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (8/31/2012)

    The 1969 Sercial is also ex-Adegas do Torreao and, again, the quality shows through. It has a comparatively straightforward bouquet of honey, white chocolate, rosewater and a touch of honeysuckle. It opens nicely with aeration. The palate is delicate, but nicely composed on the entry with impressive weight and volume. There is a cutting seam of fresh ginger that is neatly interwoven into flavors of marmalade and Satsuma fruit. It softens nicely towards the finish without losing freshness and delineation. 
  • D'Oliveira 1988 Terrantez, Madeira DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 87 (8/31/2012)

    The 1988 Terrantez lacks a little clarity on the nose with smudged toffee-tinged aromas. The palate is soft and caressing in the mouth. It is missing a little presence, but the walnut-tinged finish is pure and pleasing.
  • D'Oliveira 1977 Bual, Madeira DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (11/1/2008)

    The 1977 D’Oliveiras Boal Reserva reveals superb depth and precision in its leather, spices, toffee and espresso. Smooth and remarkably balanced on the palate, this Madeira offers tons of length and plenty of style.
  • D'Oliveira 1988 Terrantez, Madeira DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 93 (11/1/2008)

    The D'Oliveiras 1988 Terrantez is a wine that invites a moment of quiet contemplation, making it the perfect wine with which to end this incredible tasting. There is a highly attractive creaminess as layers of roasted nuts, cloves and leather open up in the glass. This generous, sweet Terrantez offers outstanding length, with lingering notes of sweetness and acidity that intermingled on the, intensely satisfying finish
  • D'Oliveira 1969 Sercial, Madeira DOC
    John Gilman View from the Cellar
    Rating: 94+ (3/1/2014)

    The 1969 Sercial from d’Oliveira was bottled in 2008, with the casks having been part of the purchased the historic cellars of Adega do Torreão in 2002. The wine is really stunning on 186 the nose, soaring from the glass in a beautiful blend of leather, caramel, a touch of orange peel, sweet almonds, cinnamon, cherries, a really lovely base of soil and a delicate topnote of rancio. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very elegant in profile, with the powerful personality of youth, great focus and mid-palate intensity and outstanding focus and grip on the very long, tangy and perfectly balanced finish. By Madeira standards, this is still a fairly young wine, but I have absolutely no difficulties drinking it today! A really superb and refined bottle. 2010-2150+.
  • D'Oliveira 1988 Terrantez, Madeira DOC
    John Gilman View from the Cellar
    Rating: 92 (3/1/2014)

    The 1988 Terrantez from Pereira d’Oliveira is an excellent wine. The superb nose wafts from the glass in a complex mixture of raspberries, leather, honey cake, salty soil tones, a potpourri of spices, orange zest, a touch of molasses and a topnote of lavender. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, complex and beautifully balanced, with a lovely core, fine focus and a very long, tangy finish. The 1971 Terrantez from d’Oliveira is more transparent than this wine, but I wonder if that character will start to emerge as this wine has an opportunity to evolve in bottle? A fine wine. 2014-2100.
  • D'Oliveira 1969 Sercial, Madeira DOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 94 (4/30/2016)

    Creamy and lush, this glides across the palate with rich buttercream notes to the flavors of apricot tart, pear compote, dried mango and pineapple cake. The spicy finish is fresh and minerally, with a long tail of dried ginger. Drink now.
  • D'Oliveira 1986 Verdelho, Madeira DOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 93 (4/30/2016)

    This is loaded with dried mango and apricot flavors, flanked by notes of cinnamon and allspice. Dry, with plenty of seductive smoky accents. The bright finish offers citrus zest, dried rosemary and sea salt hints. Drink now through 2030.
  • D'Oliveira 1988 Terrantez, Madeira DOC
    Decanter
    Rating: 91 (1/1/2016)

    This grape is as rare as hen's teeth, having been driven almost to extinction, but is still much sought-after. Fragrant and floral aromas of candied fruit and rose petals; not especially rich, with a bittersweet twist. Very fine and delicate with ravishing acidity and length.
  • D'Oliveira 1977 Sercial, Madeira DOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 93 (4/30/2016)

    Offers a stalwart structure, with plenty of finesse to the flavors of roasted plum, cedar, humus and dried ginger. Citrusy midpalate, presenting a robust finish of almond and buttered toast that is long and rich. Drink now through 2030.
  • D'Oliveira 1978 Terrantez, Madeira DOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 90 (10/8/2019)

    The 1978 Terrantez, bottled in 2018, has a well-defined bouquet of smoked walnut, sea spray, dried honey and potpourri scents that gain traction with aeration. The palate is finely balanced thanks to the acidity that cuts effortlessly through the intense dried honey and ginger notes. There is just the right amount of oxidation here, lending that all-important finishing tang on the back of the throat. Not a profound expression of Terrantez, but this is well crafted.
  • D'Oliveira 1994 Verdelho, Madeira DOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 91 (10/8/2019)

    The 1994 Verdelho, bottled in 2018, is worth seeking out. The well-defined nose features sandalwood, stem ginger and freshly baked flapjacks still warm from the oven. The palate is clean and fresh, a little tight at first but opening nicely with ginger and molasses toward the focused finish. This is a well-crafted and poised Verdelho that expresses the grape variety very competently. Excellent.