- Grape Varieties: Bual
- Vintage Report: The 1990 harvest was one of very good quality, producing grapes that were largely disease free and of high sugar content. The weather conditions immediately prior to picking were good and the harvest started on the 29th of August in the lower regions of the south of the island. During vinification the musts produced excellent aromas, which promised wines of outstanding quality.
- Picking Dates: Grapes were picked by hand between the 20th and the 30th of September.
- Vinification: Fermentation in stainless steel tanks; maceration by pumping over at a controlled temperature of 22oC; fortification with grape brandy after approximately 3 days, arresting fermentation at the desired degree of sweetness.
- Specification: Alcohol: 19% ABV; pH: 3.37; Baumé degree (20oC): 3.40; Volatile Acidity: 0.84 g/l Cossart Gordon's Colheita 1990 is a Madeira wine produced from a single harvest. Like other Madeiras, the wine undergoes a unique aging process (the ‘canteiro method’); whereby the wine is caskaged in the warm attics of the lodges for many months. This process, known as “natural estufagem” gives Madeira its unique flavour and incredible longevity. After this gentle natural warming, the wine is left to age in cask for varying periods of time and in a cooler part of the lodge. Cossart Gordon's 1990 Colheita has spent 12 years in cask.
- Tasting Notes: Clear, brown topaz colour with a golden rim. Warm, complex and intense bouquet of dried fruits, vanilla and oak. Medium sweet Madeira with good concentration and lovely balanced rich mellow fruit and fresh citrus flavours ending with a long toffee finish.
“Classic and utterly seductive Rancio and caramel aromas. The palate is round and warming, with soft sweet toffee essence and a compelling dry finish.”
Wine International, October 2003
Silver Medal – IWC 2003
Silver Medal – IWSC 2003 & 2004