13 December 2019
DERMOT BOLGER OF TORRE BELLA COLLECTION
The vast Torre Bella estate can trace its origin all the way back to the first settlers who discovered Madeira. Some of the best vineyards on the island belonged to Torre Bella, mostly in Campanário, Camara de Lobos, Ribeira Brava and Arco da Calheta. They had "lagares" in São Roque (Funchal), Cª Lobos, Campanário and Arco da Calheta, where they used to make wine. Over the centuries they supplied shippers with fine wines, though hardly ever bottled under the Torre Bella name. Only small quantities were bottled and stored in the family house.
Noel Cossart describes the Torre Bella wines of a specific character: “The Wines, which are mostly from the Câmara de Lobos and Arco da Calheta vineyards, are full, rich, well-balanced wines with an attractive acid finish.”
Back in 1864, Christie’s sold the private Madeira collection of Russell Manners Gordon, Visconde de Torre Bella. The estate was inherited over time by Mr. Dermot Bolger. At the time of his death, the family estate owned about 10.5% of the island. Dermot Bolger was also responsible for the revival of Malvasia Candida by replanting this variety in 1940. Back then, only a few plants remained, which is surprising as Malvasia Candida was always highly sought-after and producing some of the finest Madeiras ever made.
All of the bottles in this collection came from the old Bolger family cellar and were bottled from their original old demi johns of about 20 liters. While preparing this auction, Christie’s specialists had the opportunity to taste most of these Torre Bella D. Bolger wines. Tasting notes are added where available.
The excellent quality was clear, making it easy to understand why the family kept these wines behind for family use. We are delighted to offer a fine selection of these wines in this sale for wine collectors to have a chance to enjoy these historic wines.
Dermot Bolger, Malvasia 1862
Old end 19th century uneven glass bottles with stencilling. Rebottled in 2018. New wax capsules with orginal family DB seal. Both Bolger 1862 Malvasia's orginally came from the same cask. Part was bottled in demi-john and part in normal glass bottles.
Levels into neck
3 bottles per lot
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