RWC Historic Series 'New York' Malmsey, Madeira DOC

RWC Historic Series 'New York' Malmsey, Madeira DOC

Item Number: 328

UPC: 0-828116000291

Country: Portugal
Region: Madeira
Sub Region: Madeira
Appellation/AVA: Madeira DOC
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): Malmsey
Type: Wine - Fortified
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 12
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 19

History: The RWC Historic Series represents a close collaboration between The Rare Wine Co. and Vinhos Barbeito. First conceived in 1998, the goal from the beginning was to produce a series of affordable varietal Madeiras that possess the magical qualities of great Vintage Madeira. Each wine is made up 85% of the stated varietal, selected from parcels of wine 10 to 20 years old. The remaining 15% is very old Tinta Negro Mole, 40 to 60 years of age, which gives the wines much of their aged vintage character. Each wine is named for an American seaport where Madeira was popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. The labels feature early engravings and historic information, further evoking a sense of Madeira’s towering importance in American history.

Aging: The best Madeiras, including those in the Historic Series, spend years or decades in large barrels of various sizes, subject to substantial yearly swings in temperature (a method called canteiro ). This time is what gives the wines their unique personalities.

'New York' Malmsey Tasting Notes: The New York has the deep color and classic toffee/caramel notes that define Malmsey. It’s a perfect wine with which to finish a meal, or with rich desserts, including chocolate.

About Malmsey (Malvasia): This wine, the sweetest and richest of Madeiras, is made from the Malvasia grape, although the precise type of Malvasia has changed over the years. For centuries, Malmsey has been revered and hard to come by. In his 1961 book on Madeira, Rupert Croft-Cooke wrote that malvasia has never been grown in large quantities. As far back as 1757, more than a century before the Phylloxera scourge, a shipper wrote to his customer in America, "As regards the Malmsey, the whole Island produces only about 50 pipes (casks) annually and they are the sole property of one gentleman and the excessive high prices paid for them and the quantity being so small has made that wine never been regarded as a branch of trade."


  • International Wine Cellar
    Rating: 92 (6/1/2011)

    Medium amber. Powerfully scented bouquet combines cherry compote, cola, molasses, pipe tobacco and brown sugar. Lush and expansive in the mouth, offering sweet pit fruit and orange marmalade flavors and a deeper note of espresso. Clings tenaciously on the finish, which leaves notes of bitter cherry and candied flowers behind
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 90 (8/31/2012)

    The non-vintage RWC New York Malmsey has a brash, walnut and smoke-scented bouquet with an acrid tang of autumn bonfire. If it were a person, it would be a Manhattan cab driver with a short fuse. The palate is medium-bodied with a touch of white pepper on the entry. It offers dried toffee, Chinese 5-spice, espresso and marmalade on the viscous finish, which is kept in check by the rapier-like acidity. This is excellent. 
  • John Gilman View from the Cellar
    Rating: 92 (3/1/2014)

    The Rare Wine Company’s New York Malmsey is a bit darker in color than the Boston Bual, and carries closer to five percent residual sugar. The wine is quite a bit deeper-pitched aromatically than the Bual, offering up a mix of brown sugar, pain épice, orange peel, gentle herbal tones, dried cherries and a nice dollop of rancio in the upper register. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, deep and quite broad-shouldered, with a fine core and lovely interplay of acidity and sweetness on the long and well-balanced finish. 2010-2040+.
  • The Wine Spectator
    Rating: 91 (4/30/2016)

    Rich and spicy, with a creamy texture and plenty of buttery notes to the dried apricot and roasted pineapple flavors. Smoky and cedary accents show on the plush finish. Drink now through 2030.
  • The Wine Advocate
    Rating: 91 (10/15/2020)

    Rich and exotic, the NV New York Malmsey (Rare Wine Company) mingles aromas of gingerbread and cloves with notions of Christmas pudding, molasses and figs. Full-bodied, rich and concentrated, it's fleshy and muscular, with lively balancing acids and a long, lusty and generously spiced finish. This would work beautifully with rich desserts.