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 1908 Bual, Madeira DOC Login WA 94 WA 94 WA 92 In Stock
D'Oliveira 1968 Bual, Madeira DOC Login WA 94 WA 87 JG 94 WS 96 In Stock
D'Oliveira 1977 Bual, Madeira DOC Login WA 94 In Stock
D'Oliveira 1984 Bual, Madeira DOC Login On Order
D'Oliveira 1993 Bual, Madeira DOC Login On Order
D'Oliveira 1989 Malvasia, Madeira DOC Login WS 93 On Order
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D'Oliveira 1969 Sercial, Madeira DOC Login WA 92 JG 94+ WS 94 In Stock
D'Oliveira 1989 Sercial, Madeira DOC Login On Order
D'Oliveira 1971 Terrantez, Madeira DOC Login WS 96 In Stock
D'Oliveira 1977 Terrantez, Madeira DOC Login JG 93+ In Stock
D'Oliveira 1988 Terrantez, Madeira DOC Login WA 93 WA 87 JG 92 DEC 91 In Stock
D'Oliveira 1973 Verdelho, Madeira DOC Login WA 89 AG 93 In Stock
D'Oliveira 1986 Verdelho, Madeira DOC Login WS 93 On Order
D'Oliveira 1994 Verdelho, Madeira DOC Login On Order

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 1820, and today housed in cellars that date from 1619, this small jewel of a company is still owned by the same 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'Olivera 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. We are delighted to be able to offer you a wide selection of vintages through our partner, The Rare Wine Company. Most are Stateside in California and can be special-ordered via 2-day air shipment.


"It was in 1850 that Joao 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. Let us begin with their reserve wines, which are mainly Tinta Negra Mole and are matured under estufugem." - Wine Advocate 2012

Media Links
Chicago Tribune: Madeira - A historic sip

Reviews

  • D'Oliveira 1908 Bual, Madeira DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (11/1/2008)

    The 1908 Boal Reserva from D'Oliveiras is an unctuous, full-bodied wine loaded with dark maple syrup, tar, leather, licorice and sweet baking spices. There is superb density here and the wine shows terrific length in an intense style. The finish is long, bright and sweet
  • 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 1968 Bual, Madeira DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (4/1/2010)

    Produced from the southwest part of the island and spending over 40-years in old oak casks, this '68 was bottled in 2009 and is far superior to previous bottlings. This has a very sensuous nose, well defined and tightly wound, unfurling to reveal molasses, quince, scorched earth and a touch of leather. Very subtle. The palate is mediumbodied with good tension, fine acidity and balance, very subtle towards the finish with dried orange peel, nutmeg, a sprinkle of cardamom and walnut. Harmonious and graceful, this is a beautiful d'Oliveira. - Neal Martin, Wine Journal
  • D'Oliveira 1908 Bual, Madeira DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 94 (4/1/2010)

    Bottled in 2008, this actually reminds me of a mature Barsac on the nose. Well defined with dried apricot, red cherry, a touch of walnut and nutmeg. Very refined. The palate is medium-bodied, slightly viscous on the entry with dried honey, apricot, marmalade and Seville orange. Not the weight of some of the coeval Madeira, but amazing persistency and elegance. Lovely. - Neal Martin, Wine Journal
  • D'Oliveira 1908 Bual, Madeira DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 92 (8/31/2012)

    The 1908 Boal is deep amber in color. The nose is quite strict and linear with an attractive chlorophyl aroma intermixed with scents of cockleshell and seaweed emerging from the depths. It retains that quasi-Barsac persona. The palate is well-balanced on the entry with a strong, quite severe oxidative streak that tempers this Boal towards the finish. It has attractive purity, but this bottle does not really let itself go like I know it can Still, this is a great Boal. 
  • 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 1973 Verdelho, Madeira DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 89 (8/31/2012)

    The 1973 Verdelho has fine definition and focus on the nose with light resin and honeycomb aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp acidity with lightly honeyed fruit, white pepper, freshly shaved ginger and spice. There is fine weight and composure on the finish with that ginger tang lingering on the aftertaste. This is very attractive. 
  • 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 1968 Bual, Madeira DOC
    The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 87 (8/31/2012)

    The 1968 Boal appears to show a lot of bottle variation. This recent sample has a light bouquet of beeswax and dried quince although it is not quite as clean as I would like. The palate is better with orange rind, marmalade and mandarin. It is quite masculine for a Boal, strict but focused on the sedate finish. 
  • 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 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 1968 Bual, Madeira DOC
    John Gilman View from the Cellar
    Rating: 94 (3/1/2014)

    This is a really complex and classy bottle of Bual that is very pure and expressive, as it offers up a deep and vibrant nose of orange peel, golden raisins, heather, a beautifully complex and very salty base of soil, spiced meats and a lovely dollop of rancio as a topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, crisp and complex, with a fine core of fruit, excellent focus and grip and a very long, bright and perfectly balanced finish where the sweetness is effortlessly carried by the ripe and very well-integrated acids. Lovely juice. I should note that I tasted this same wine from an earlier bottling back in 2011 and liked the wine very much at that time, but gave this more recent bottling tasted at the lodge a point higher score, which I think underscores how these wines get incrementally better with each subsequent bottling at the domaine. 2014- 2100.
  • D'Oliveira 1977 Terrantez, Madeira DOC
    John Gilman View from the Cellar
    Rating: 93+ (3/1/2014)

    Given how long and gracefully Madeira is to unfold with age, it seems almost a crime to be drinking a bottle of this lovely 1977 Terrantez from d’Oliveira now, rather than thinking of it still in cask waiting for our grandchildren! However, this wine is an excellent drink, wafting from the glass in a bouquet of raisins, oranges, beautiful soil tones, hints of chocolate, plenty of smokiness and a gentle topnote of orange zest. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and quite complex, with a superb core of fruit, snappy acids and outstanding length and grip on the pure and quite vibrant finish. This wine delivers great pleasure, but I have little doubt that succeeding generations are going to find even more pleasure in this wine than we do today, if some remains still waiting in cask in the stocks of the d’Oliveira family. 2011-2150.
  • D'Oliveira 1973 Verdelho, Madeira DOC
    Vinous
    Rating: 93 (6/1/2013)

    D'Oliveira's 1973 Verdelho Riserva was an inspired match to the hen egg custard. The richness of the wine, much of which comes from its aging, paired beautifully with the silkiness of the Périgord truffle ragout. Today it is easy to forget that Madeira was once served at the dinner table, rather than after the meal, as is now much more common.
  • D'Oliveira 1968 Bual, Madeira DOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 96 (2/17/2016)

    Balanced and plush, with concentrated buttercream, hazelnut, dried apricot and tropical fruit flavors that are still fresh and lively. Citrus zest and sea salt notes show midpalate. The finish lingers with cream, dried tarragon and Asian spice details. Drink now through 2035.
  • D'Oliveira 1971 Terrantez, Madeira DOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 96 (2/17/2016)

    Offers a richly spiced aroma, with flavors to match, including butterscotch, hazelnut cream and dried tropical fruits. Complex and well-integrated, featuring a plush texture. The ripe, seductive finish oozes with chocolate and dried coconut notes. Drink now through 2045.
  • 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 1989 Malvasia, Madeira DOC
    The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 93 (4/30/2016)

    Citrusy and broad-textured up front, with chestnut, dried fig, marzipan and honeycomb flavors. Shows muscular acidity and spiciness, with plenty of alcoholic power on the finish. Drink now through 2045.
  • 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.