D'Oliveira 1969 Sercial, Madeira DOC
Item Number: 2947
Sub Region: Madeira
Appellation/AVA: Madeira DOC
Type: Wine - Fortified
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Closure: T Top
Alc by Vol(%): 19
Sercial is the driest style of Madeira. It is bright and crisp with citrus, herbal and mineral notes. Serve chilled as an aperitif or with fish and vegetable dishes.
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.