Manuel De Sousa Malvasia/Malmsey Madeira Circa 1920s
A fortified wine from the Portuguese island of Madeira. This style of wine dates back to the age of sale when bottles of Madeira wine would be fortified to preserver them for the long journeys by sea. Stored in the holds of ships the wine would gently cook as the ships passed through the tropics and over the equator to destinations in the New World or East Indies. When unsold shipments were returned to the island, producers found the nature and favor much improved calling it vinho da roda (wines that have made the round trip). Today all Madera is subject to a simulated version of this process where wines are heated in specially built rooms on the Island. This cooking process means the wine is essentially inert once bottled and can be kept indefinatly either sealed or opened with little to no ill effect.
A stunning and very old bottle 1920s Madeira made with Malmsie (the english word for Malvasia) grapes, which generally produces the sweetest wines of the clasic Madeira grapes. We don't know a great deal about this rare wine, however, as a reserve wine, the contents are likely from the late nineteenth century.
The winery Manuel de Sousa dates back to the eighteenth century succeeded by the winery Manuel de Sousa & Herdeiros in the twentieth century.
Please note this bottle has no label measurements.