White, Ready, but will keep

Vó Vera Malvasia, 30-year-old, Vinhos Barbeito

Vó Vera Malvasia, 30-year-old, Vinhos Barbeito

White | Ready, but will keep | Vinhos Barbeito | Code:  38847 | Malmsey | Full Bodied, Sweet | 20.0 % alcohol

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WA

95/100

WA - The outstanding 30-Year-Old Malvasia Lote Especiale was created to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the company and is limited to 1,550 bottles. I have always adored this sensational elixir. It has a deep amber hue with a light golden rim with green tints. The nose is very intense and spirituous with dried ginger and mango, lanolin, allspice, plus a slight adhesive scent that joins the chorus after a few swirls. The palate is medium-bodied with a magical spicy entry that engulfs the senses: mandarin, white pepper, nutmeg, marmalade and ginger all vying for attention like naughty schoolchildren. It displays brilliant balance, is extremely powerful and yet there is a beguiling sense of weightlessness towards the taut finish that tempts you to take another sip. This is a brilliant expression of Malvasia, although do not delay, as Ricardo claims he will not produce another for ten years.
Neal Martin - Wine Advocate, August 2012

The Producer

Vinhos Barbeito

Vinhos Barbeito

Vinhos Barbeito is one of the most forward-thinking companies on Madeira as well as being one of the youngest, being founded in the 1940's by Mário Barbeito. When Mário died in 1985, the company was taken forward by his daughter, Dona Manuela de Freitas, whose two sons, Ricardo and Miguel joined the firm in 1991. Today, Ricardo is in day to day charge of Vinhos Barbeito, his mother having retired in the early 1990s, and his brother looking after other family business interests. The company is now co-owned by a Japanese wine distributor called Kinoshita Shoji. Barbeito was the first Madeira producer to voluntarily switch all production to bottled wines in 1993. A few years ago Ricardo took the decision to eliminate the addition of caramel to the wines. Barbeito are attempting to redefine the popular notion of Madeira to a generally slightly drier, more food-oriented wine. As well as careful selection, long ageing and the absence of caramel, the wines are not de-acidified, so they retain much more freshness and tang than many Madeiras. At this level, Barbeito are leading the way in making complex, fine Madeiras as naturally as possible.

The Grape

Malmsey

Malmsey

A noble variety grown in Madeira where it is also known as Malvasia Candida. It was the first of the noble varieties to be planted in Madeira back in the 16th century.

It is a high yielding, late ripening grape which performs best on well-drained soils and in well-sheltered low altitude sites. It is often blended with Tinta Negra Mole in the production of Malmsey which is the island's richest and sweetest wine.

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