D'Oliveira 1971 Terrantez, Madeira DOC

D'Oliveira 1971 Terrantez, Madeira DOC

Item Number: 9043

UPC: None

Country: Portugal
Region: Madeira
Sub Region: Madeira
Appellation/AVA: Madeira DOC
Vintage: 1971
Grape(s): 100% Terrantez
Type: Wine - Fortified
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 1
Closure: T Top
Alc by Vol(%): 20

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 from Mad About Madeira: "An amber/mahogany color. Complex bouquet with almonds, orange peel, and dried fruits. Some wood notes as well...Moist tobacco as well. On the palate it is quite powerful initially but quickly the razor sharp acidity takes over the show. In a good way. I don’t know how it’s possible but the balance is nothing but amazing. Probably sweeter than I think but the lime like acidity makes me think semi-dry. Dried fruits, nuts and toffee. Everlasting and refreshing aftertaste. Just a hint of bitterness which is so typical for the grape. Nectar for the gods. And for a few ordinary mortals too… Mad about Madeira impression: (94 pts)"

Food Pairing: Try White Chocolate Cake with Orange Marmalade Filling

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.

Reviews

  • 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.