D'Oliveira 1969 Sercial, Madeira DOC

D'Oliveira 1969 Sercial, Madeira DOC

Item Number: 2947

UPC: None

Country: Portugal
Region: Madeira
Sub Region: Madeira
Appellation/AVA: Madeira DOC
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vintage: 1969
Grape(s): Sercial
Type: Wine - Fortified
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 1
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.


  • 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. 
  • 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+.
  • 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.