World’s oldest Madeira sells

1715 Madeira (Photo: Supplied)

Christies New York auction house notched up a world record when they sold a bottle of JCA & C 1715 Terrantez Madeira for nearly NZ$55k, more than twice the pre-sale estimate. It was bought by Netherlands-based collector Bay van der Bunt. It joins his collection of other old bottles of Madeira, which you can view at www.oldliquors.com

A representative of Christie’s auction house, Edwin Vos, had tasted the same wine in 2013, describing it as “remarkably youthful and surprisingly sweet”.

Madeira appears to be a worthwhile investment. I purchased a bottle of 1795 Terrantez Madeira from Christies London auction house in 1991 for NZ$500. The same wine is on sale through www.oldliquors.com for NZ$20,946. Sadly I drank it in 1991. It was a remarkable wine, still offering pleasure after all those years, although it was impossible to ignore the historic context as we sipped it.

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