D'Oliveira 1989 Sercial, Madeira DOC

D'Oliveira 1989 Sercial, Madeira DOC

Item Number: 8886

UPC: None

Country: Portugal
Region: Madeira
Sub Region: Madeira
Appellation/AVA: Madeira DOC
Vintage: 1989
Grape(s): 100% Sercial
Type: Wine - Fortified
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 1
Closure: T Top
Alc by Vol(%): 20

Tasting Notes: 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. This 1989 has complex characteristics of raisined fruit, apple, marmalade, sage, brioche, and pecans. Harmonious and balanced with a saline note and nice acidity to enhance the fruit. Mild spice.

Food Pairing: Try Croissant Bread Pudding

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, with a unique stock of irreplaceable old wines from many of its best vintages. Their wines have powerful aromatics great lusciousness and body, 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 Madeiran 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.