Leacock's 5 Year Rich

Leacock’s 5 Year Rich


  • Leacock’s Tinta Negra 5 years is filtered and does not require decanting.
  • It was bottled ready to drink but keeps in good condition for several months after opening.

Varietal Composition: Tinta Negra

Elaboration: Leacock’s Tinta Negra 5 years ferments with natural yeasts at a temperature of 18 to 21ºC in temperature controlled stainless steel vats. After approximately 48 hours, fortification is carried out with wine alcohol (96% v/v), in order to maintain the desired natural sugar content.

Leacock’s Tinta Negra 5 years is aged for 5 years in American oak casks following the traditional ‘Canteiro’ process. This includes a gentle warming of the wine in the attic of the warehouses in Funchal. Over the years the wine is transferred from the upper floors to the intermediate floors, and eventually to the floor at ground level where it is cooler. After this ‘gradual stuffing’ the wine is filtered and clarified, and then bottled.

Tasting Notes: Intense brownish, with golden reflections. The nose is a characteristic bouquet of Madeira, with nuts and toffee. The palate is sweet and full-bodied with a complex aftertaste with hints of honey and a very well balanced acidity.


NV – 91 Wine Spectator


The heritage of Leacock’s Madeira goes back to John Leacock who sailed to Madeira from the UK in 1741 at the age of 15. He served an apprenticeship with a company of merchants for eight years when he affiliated himself with an old school friend in Charlestown, South Carolina. This was the beginning of Leacock’s Madeira Wine.

The overall climate on Madeira is sub-tropical and temperate with seven distinct micro-climates. The fertile volcanic soils are acidic allowing Madeira wine to remain fresh even after many years in the bottle. Irrigation is provided by an ancient system of canals called “levadas” that bring water from the mountains.