Clemente da Silva founded the company “C. da Silva” in the middle of 19th Century, or so it is
said. The history of the company and its “predecessor” company seems partially lost to
history though, judging by the available information.
Clemente was a Brazilian national who had the dream of building his very own quality wine
business during the 1930s / 1940s. So much so in fact that the then existing company
(incorporated in 1862) called Corrêa Ribeiro e Filhos, owned by his wife’s family may or
may not have actually been purchased by Clemente da Silva.
Whatever the situation, Clemente built a Port Wine house which initially exported Port
Wine to Brazil and North America; which was subsequently followed by Europe and Asia.
70 odd years later one would expect C. da Silva to be one of the major names in Port,
going by their breadth of export locations. However, this is not really the case. One reason
may perhaps be due to the different trading names involved. C. da Silva wines are sold under the
names “Dalva” and “Presidential”. Dalva is perhaps better known for its quality, but I would
guess that Presidential is more widely known.
Not unlike Quinta do Noval and their “Noval Nacional”, C. da Silva has a golden arrow in
its armoury; a wine of such quality that one may almost be forgiven for forgetting their
I am referring to the aptly named “Golden White”.
The white tawny Ports of Dalva from 1952 and 1963 are a pure delight.
Dalva, with their 1952 Golden White, have in my opinion succeeded in reaching a quality
which will be nigh on impossible to surpass. They have set a standard for other Port
houses to follow with this particular style.
The colour of the Golden White reflects its long years of barrel ageing. It is now a nutty
light brown colour; almost golden one would say!
Its beauty: simplicity in its drinking.
This wine may be opened and drunk without the need to decant, without the need to filter
and without the need to stand to allow sedement to settle.
According to the notes of the International Wine & Spirits Competition 2009 where the
Dalva 1952 was awarded Silver best in class, “the wine shows a light delicate amber.
There is a touch of iodine and dried orange peel on the nose and a bouquet which is
ample, complex fully mature and reflecting its age. Graceful in the mouth, beautifully
smooth texture and complex flavours among which are tea, orange peel and tangy fruit.
The finish brings acacia honey, orange marmalade and rose hip. Fully enjoyble now and
will continue to age slowly and gracefully.”
Order a case of 6 today and secure yourself a piece of Port Wine history at the very
favourable price of CHF 1’222.20. These bottles are ideally sized at 50cl and are
individually packaged. Unlike real Gold, the availability of the 1952 Dalva Golden White is most definitely
They make ideal gifts, but better yet, an unbeatable wine to enjoy with close friends at any
time of day. The Dalva 1952 Golden White Port should be served at about 12°C or cooler.
Refer to the menu on the right side of the screen and call us to place an order, or use the
printable order form, also shown on the menu.
This is a stunner of a wine, try it yourself.