Madeira 1870 Malvasia Cunha, A.P.C.
Malvasia, Velha, Stencilled Front, Recorked and rewaxed by Francisco Albuquerque. Sweet start with high acidity, raisins, waxy, and intense. On the side a warm spirity tone fnalizing with some natural bitters and orange zest. Intense concentrated wine with a bite. Powerful.
Provenance: Christies London, 3/11/2017
Tasting note: First tasted February 2016. High toned nose, spirity, straw, and slightly raisiny. Very mature appearing. Briar tone. Quite punchy on the nose. With some air the spirity acetone tone vanished slowly giving way to concentrated subdued sweet dried peaches aromas, vintage furniture wax, vanilla and honey cake. Long cask aged style. Sweet start with high acidity, raisins, waxy, and intense. On the side a warm spirity tone fnalizing with some natural bitters and orange zest. Intense concentrated wine with a bite. Powerful. On the after taste sweeter and more balanced, in concentrated orange fruit style. About half a year later. Rich intense nose of sweet sun ripened fruits, honey, foral tones, hint of peaches, slightly ethereal, quite intriguing. Soft taste start, raisiny, dried peaches and uplifted. On the fnish touch of bitterness and alcohol. Long cask aged style. Fresh fnish of creamy favors and dried peaches. Very good. Last tasted June 2016. EV.
The island of Madeira has been producing and exporting its namesake wine virtually since the Portuguese discovered it in 1419. Since then, Madeira’s location in the middle of important trade routes meant the success of its wines mirrored the worldwide geopolitical situation. The fortified wine’s fortunes have soared during times of peace, prosperity, and free trade and plummeted during conflict and international upheaval.