D'Oliveira 1994 Verdelho, Madeira DOC

D'Oliveira 1994 Verdelho, Madeira DOC

Item Number: 9490

UPC: None

Country: Portugal
Region: Madeira
Sub Region: Madeira
Appellation/AVA: Madeira DOC
Estate Grown Wine: No
Vintage: 1994
Grape(s): 100% Verdelho
Type: Wine - Fortified
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Pack: 1
Closure: Cork
Alc by Vol(%): 20

D'Oliveira 1994 Verdelho won the 2019 Madeira Trophy (as the top Madeira of the Year) at the International Wine and Spirits Competition in London. Past winners include Leacock 1966 Bual (2015) and Blandy’s 1979 Verdelho (2016). It is perhaps the single greatest honor a Madeira can receive, and the estate is giddy that their "young" Verdelho won.

D’Oliveira Verdelhos are marked by their knife-edge balance of sweetness and acidity. It is a medium dry style of madeira that has a bit more concentration and richness to it than Sercial. Enjoy notes of spice, smoke, hay and light caramel. Hints of cucumber, pear, vanilla, orange, and lemon can also be present.

Food Pairing: Verdelho is fairly versatile and can pair with many foods. Soup is a great pairing; try seafood bisque .

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.


  • Vinous
    Rating: 91 (10/8/2019)

    The 1994 Verdelho, bottled in 2018, is worth seeking out. The well-defined nose features sandalwood, stem ginger and freshly baked flapjacks still warm from the oven. The palate is clean and fresh, a little tight at first but opening nicely with ginger and molasses toward the focused finish. This is a well-crafted and poised Verdelho that expresses the grape variety very competently. Excellent.