D'Oliveira 1988 Terrantez, Madeira DOC
Item Number: 1493
Sub Region: Madeira
Appellation/AVA: Madeira DOC
Type: Wine - Fortified
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Closure: T Top
Alc by Vol(%): 19
Terrantez is nearly extinct on the island of Madeira (as of 2016 the total area planted was under 5 acres). It's a highly aromatic varietal and sits right between Bual and Malvasia in terms of sugar and acid. "Wines made from terrantez typically combine sweetness and astringency in near equal measure and can be ethereal, spiritual and, at their best, magical ( Wine & Spirits 2/15/2016 )."
Tasting Notes: Medium body with notes of fruitcake, pecans, golden raisins and herbs; wine has a lot of acidity and length. More great info and tasting notes on this 1988 Terrantez from Mad About Madeira.
Bill St. John for Chicago Tribune 7/2014
"Like liquid fruitcake, that is, a combination of the aromas and savors of dried candied fruits, brown baking spices, nuts (walnuts especially) and of the cake that the English call sticky toffee pudding; the color of Grade A amber maple syrup, with the same gold-orange edge; soft and creamy texture, clipped shut by acidity just like a squeeze of lime."
Food Pairing: Try Fruitcake Souffles
About D'Oliveira: Founded in 1920, D’Oliveira is a classic Madeira shipper with wines that date from 1619. D'Oliveira is still owned by the same family and has a unique stock of irreplaceable old wines from many of its best vintages. Their wines have powerful aromatics, great lusciousness, structure, and good acidity. All of its vintages are kept in wood and bottled only upon demand, ensuring the best aging of the wine possible.
About Madeira: The small, steep volcanic island of Madeira off the coast of Portugal was historically an important port of call for ships en route to Africa, Asia, and South America, and, in turn, became an important port of call for sailors to stock up on booze. By the end of the 16th century, the Madeira wine industry had become an international phenomenon. The wines were originally fortified to help them last through their long sea journeys, but drinkers soon developed a taste for the maturation that the heat and the rolling of the ship provided. The wine became so popular in the North American colonies that it was used to toast the signing of the Declaration of Independence.
The major grapes in Madeira are Sercial, Verdelho, Bual, and Malvasia, each vinified to a unique style and level of sweetness. Long ship journeys are no longer used for aging, but rather, the estufa method is often employed, in which hot water circulates through a coil in the middle of a steel tank, heating the wine for 90 days, or the wine is stored in a room with steam pipes for 6 months to a year. The finest madeiras, though, are made without any heating besides the sun and time (20 years!). Madeira is decidedly unique, and quite probably the world’s longest living wine.