Justino’s Madeira, Colheita 1996
Justino’s is one of the oldest producers of Madeira, having been in existence since 1870. Alongside this history, they are also one of the most dynamic producers in Madeira today. They source fruit from all around the island, selecting the best areas and vineyards for the different grape varieties. Although traditionally varieties like Sercial are grown in the cooler north while Malvasia and Boal (Bual) were planted in the warmer south, today site selection is more important and Sercial is also grown in the south and Malvasia in the north.
A new winery, located in Cancela, Santa Cruz, was built in 1995. All the Madeiras are fermented in temperature controlled, stainless steel tanks in order to ensure pristine base wines. Fermentation is arrested by the addition of 96% ABV neutral grape spirit at a specific point in time, depending on the level of sweetness desired for each Madeira.
We have a range of very fine quality Madeiras from Justino’s. Of the wines using Tinta Negra, their 5 Year Old Fine Rich is fantastic value with the level of quality far surpassing its price. Also, their 1996 Colheita (single vintage) demonstrates the ageworthiness, complexity and balance this variety can achieve. Their single varietal wines made from noble grapes – Sercial, Boal, Malvasia and Terrantez – are a study in the excellence and diversity of Madeira, from the relatively drier, crisper styles to those which are more nutty, rich and fullsome.
Around 85/90% of sugar content, beautiful bouquet, amber color with orange reflexes, caramel, acacia honey, sweet spicy notes, nuts, dry apricot… Smooth and fine in the palate, amazing acidity, warm but well balanced though.
Tinta Negra Mole
|Body of wine:
Standard Bottle (750ml)