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D'Oliveiras Malvasia Madeira 2000

PORTUGAL
  • $180.00
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MALVASIA
SWEET & COMPLEX and NUTTY
ORGANIC FARMING
CRITIC SCORE 90+ and COLLECTIBLE & CELLAR-WORTHY

D'Oliveiras 2000 Malvasia Madeira, Portugal

The venerable company of Pereira D’Oliveira was founded in the 1880s by an important landowner and grower in São Martinho, João Pereira D'Oliveira. While it is still owned and managed by the same family, D’Oliveira has grown substantially over the decades, as it has absorbed other shippers, either by marriage or acquisition.

D’Oliveira believes that Madeiras age best in cask. Consequently, its old vintages are kept in wood, and only enough is bottled to meet short-term needs. The winery was among the first on the island to add bottling years to its back labels to emphasize how long each wine had spent in cask.

While D’Oliveira has an unparalleled library of ancient Madeiras, it also possesses one of the most impressive stocks of relatively young vintage-dated wines. These include both frasqueiras and colheitas, the difference being time in wood. (Frasqueiras require 20 years in wood; colheitas require only five.)