Red - Fortified

1927 D'Oliveiras Madeira Bastardo


  • Portugal
  • Madeira
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  • forceberry wrote: (92 points)

    May 8, 2017 - Bottled in 2017, after 90 years of cask aging.

    Very deep, luminous dark copper color. Sweet, but a little bit restrained nose with dark-toned, oxidative aromas of bruised apples, some toffee, a little sweet volatility, hints of vanilla and a touch of orange marmalade. Although quite nuanced, the nose feels somewhat less complex if compared to some other Madeiras of similar age. The wine is sweet and full-bodied on the palate with the mature age quite evident in the complex, although slightly stuffy taste. The flavors are dominated by peppery spice, sweet fig jam notes and some burnt sugar bitterness, with more complex nuances of pungent smoky character, old dried leather, fermented prunes, some bitter wood y notes, hints of salted nuts and a touch or chokeberry underneath. Although full-bodied, the wine doesn't feel as rich, broad and round as one would expect it to. The acidity is moderately high, giving the wine good focus and intensity. The wine finishes with a dry, dark-toned and acid-driven aftertaste with long-lasting, powerful flavors of wood, peppery spice, burnt sugar, some oxidative nuttiness and earthiness, a little smoke and hints of lemon juice.

    Although very impressive and very much alive for a wine with 90 years of age, this was still a bit underwhelming an effort when compared to the best Madeiras of similar age. It is hard to say whether back then the wine was actually made from Bastardo, or if this was only an indication of the style, but this wine was somewhat more darker-toned and lower in acidity than many other Madeiras made from the "classic" white varieties. Definitely an interesting effort and very lovely for an old Madeira, but lacks the harmony and complexity to hit the top marks (and that is not to say that this wine isn't complex - I just know there are even more complex and impressive Madeiras out there). Probably not quite worth the 430€.

  • isaacjamesbaker wrote: (98 points)

    February 4, 2016 - Madeira Pilgrimage; 2/1/2016-2/4/2016 (Madeira): I am so blown away by this wine. It's not just intellectually and historically fascinating, it has amazing and haunting aromas and flavors, and the complexity is ridiculous. On the nose, I get dried fruits, nuts, surprisingly fresh flowers, salt air, white pepper, all of it nuanced and gorgeous. The palate is silky but tart, and I can't believe the liveliness, purity and vibrancy on this wine. The fruit is not just kicking, it comes out swinging with oranges, sliced pears and dried mango. The complex elements of smoke, nuts, spice and earth are profound. SO balanced and elegant, so long and pure. Unbelievable stuff.

  • larsmello Likes this wine: (96 points)

    May 22, 2015 - Bottled in 2014. Dark amber, brilliant and completely transparent. ethereal nose with dried fruits, nuts and spices. Perfect balance, very fine and intense. Exceptional.

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  • By John Gilman
    Jan/Feb 2014, Issue #49, Madeira- Timeless Island Wines From Just This Side of Paradise

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Wine Definition

  • Vintage 1927
  • Type Red - Fortified
  • Producer D'Oliveiras
  • Varietal Bastardo
  • Designation n/a
  • Vineyard n/a
  • Country Portugal
  • Region Madeira
  • SubRegion n/a
  • Appellation Madeira

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  • In Cellars 16 (80%)
  • Consumed 4 (20%)

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