In a nutshell:
Dry, nutty and full bodied single vintage Madeira
Colheita is the term used to denote wines made from a single vintage year. When it comes to Madeira the wines can age virtually indefinitely so it's possible to see some very old wines around. Part way through fermentation the wine is fortified with neutral grape spirit before beginning the unique Estufa process where the wine is heated over an extended period to build complexity and consistency before being transferred to casks to continue ageing. Sercial is a traditional Madeira grape variety and is used to make the driest of the styles. It tends to be grown in the most elevated of the island's vineyards. Colheita wines can be bottled relatively early in their lives, but D'Oliveiras like to age for as long as possible in barrel and are bottled just before export to gain maximum complexity. Dry and fresh on the palate, it's full of warm spices and toasted wood aromas. The long finish brings out a hint of candied oranges.
When to drink:
As decadent treat chill it slightly as an aperitif and alos try it with creamy soups, or sushi.