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Current Vintage: 1999
The 1999 spent 10 years in cask, and the final selection of little more than 3000 bottles stands up as a supremely elegant Madeira. Nothing seems forced or out of place, but freshness balances the hint of rancio, and the praline notes balance the meio seco character.
2000: "This greenish, golden wine aged for nine years in barrel by Madeira's gifted and innovative winemaker Ricardo Diogo. Dry and tangy, but far from austere. Â A real shot in the arm. So dramatic it's almost medicinal."Â Jancis Robinson MW, FT 17/12/2011 (Best festive wines).
Barbeitoâ€™s 5 Year Old Boal is a riot of barley sugar, marmalade and orange character, without ever tasting simplistic or top heavy. The Malvasia is super-fresh, without any cloying notes, but with a generosity on the palate.
Overall Fortified Wine Trophy at the International Wine Challenge 2009 (as well as winning the Verdelho Trophy and Overall Madeira Trophy).
With all its natural acidity intact, this is probably the most nervy, and least obviously sweet of all 10 year old Malvasias (malmseys) on the market. Piquant, candied fruit
notes, with overtones of caramel (natural in this case, as of course Barbeito never add caramel before bottling). DC Feb 08
Ricardoâ€™s approach to Sercial is not to make it as raspingly dry as you might expect, which results in a deliciously rounded interpretation of this wine. A
regular Gold Medal winner, and one which we would suggest serving between larder and room temperature, rather than fully chilling.
In yet another pioneering move, Barbeito have been the first to bottle a frasqueira (single vintage Madeira, aged for a least 20 years in case) into 50cl bottles, albeit
antique, hand-stencilled ones! A wonderful top-rung of the ladder at a somewhat more accessible price
Larger than life, bold style of Boal. The searing acidity is perfectly balanced with enormous concentration of varietal character (barley sugar, and still some dramatic
primary fruit). As with most Frasqueiras, this is probably best served without the distraction of food, even though the power and length risks leaving the taster a little
goggle eyed afterwards!Â