Sue pulled this out to celebrate her 80’th BD last Thurs:
- Abudarham Madeira Terrantez (20%; CortiBros Exclusive) Abudarham & Filhos/Funchal 1899: Med.brown color; intense Madeira/coffee/toffee slight alcoholic/fumey very complex nose; pretty tart/acidic intense Madeira/coffee/toffee very complex bit smokey flavor w/ slight tannic bite; very long/lingering intense classic Madeira/coffee/toffee very complex finish that goes on & on; a very classic old Madeira that seems as young as a 1910; words don’t begin to describe the complexity you find in this wine; pretty incredible stuff.
A wee BloodyPulpit:
- The Terrantez grape is pretty near extinct in Madeira. Traditionally made in an off-dry style between Sercial and Verdelho. A very rare genre of Madeira.
In the mid-'70’s, Darrell imported a selection of these Abudarham vintage Madeiras. At crazy/silly prices. My recollect is that this sold for around $30. We tasted thru them all & was blown away by their quality.
Thanks for sharing this, Sue.