Madeira 1895 Henriques de Araújo, José Gomes
Araújo de Barros, Verdelho, Handpainted Text, Label Below Text
Provenance: Christies London, 3/16/2017
Tasting note: Sweet intense nose of tobacco, cacao, furniture wax, high toned, fresh and pure. Soft apply taste, concentrated, medium sweet attack of taste, fresh aromas, touch of spirit on pallet, old wood, acacia and honey cake (that lovely Madeiran treat). Rounded aftertaste of apples, and waxy acidity. Great acidity. 18. Very good wine. Nice sweetness in the aftertaste with acidity lingering gently on the background. April 2014 in the Madeira Wine Company tasting room. Later that year in NY at the pre-sale tasting this bottle was even more open and attractively presenting itself. A great Verdelho. Last tasted December 2014. 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.