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Smith Woodhouse Madalena 1995

Release Notes

Smith Woodhouse & Co. has decided for the first time ever to release 'en primeur' a bottling of wine from it's long associated Madalena vineyard in the Rio Torto Valley.  Occasionally in the past small individual bottling have been made in good but not generally declared years (1982 and 1988 being examples), but this is the first time where the directors have felt that the young wine is so exceptional as to merit a release when only two years old.

Peter Symington's tasting notes:  More colour than usual from this vineyard.  Delicate flowery nose with strong Touriga Francesa characteristics.  In the mouth, concentrated and very ripe fruit although with the acidity to ensure a clean finish.  Good balance of fruit and tannin.

Alcohol by volume v/v (20º C): 20%
Total Acidity g/l tartaric acid: 4,88
Baumé: 3.4

Tasting Notes

SFE Tasting Room Team critic

SFE source
2010 tasting note year

Fine ruby red colour.  The Madalena 1995 Vintage is showing classic mint and dark berry fruit aromas.  On the palate, rich, succulent, with excellent super ripe fruit flavours. Mature and full-bodied, with firm tannins and a long and lingering finish.

critic

International Wine Challenge (competition) source
2006 tasting note year

Intense raisin date plum aroma. Concentrated sweet dry raisin and date on the palate. Mild on the palate.

Score: Silver Medal

critic

International Wine Challenge (competition) source
2005 tasting note year

Balanced, smoothly-textured, sweet and very long. Crushed strawberry flavours melt into firm tannins. Compelling white pepper and tar notes.

Score: Silver Medal

More about Smith Woodhouse Madalena

To learn more about Smith Woodhouse here on The Vintage Port Site, read a concise Profile of the Smith Woodhouse Brand, and detailed viticultural profiles of two key Smith Woodhouse properties, Quinta da Madalena and Quinta do Vale Coelho.  If you would like to learn even more about Smith Woodhouse's history and the full range of Ports styles offered, visit the Smith Woodhouse website.

See details of other years in which this wine was made

  1. 2005
  2. 2002
  3. 2001
  4. 1999
  5. 1998
  6. 1996
  7. 1988


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