White, Ready, but will keep

Sercial, 10-year-old, Vinhos Barbeito

Sercial, 10-year-old, Vinhos Barbeito

White | Ready, but will keep | Code:  924646 | Madeira > Sercial | Sercial | Full Bodied, Medium Sweet | 19.0 % alcohol

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Decanter - Barbeito’s Madeiras are to die for. Dry, with firm minerality, it’s salty, sea-breeze nose is bolstered by hazelnuts, figs and orange rind. Perfect for “elevenses, according to Michael Broadbent.
(Decanter - Jan 09)

Other - Sercial is the driest of Madeiras, and a small glass of these sumptuous dried fruit flavours will keep your taste buds racing for a very long time. I recommended this in January of last year and make no apologies for recommending it again.
Richard Ehrlich, Low on Alcohol High on Flavours, the Jewish Chronicle, Jan 2014

The Grape

Sercial

Sercial

Sercial is a Portuguese white grape variety, commonly associated with the eponymous style of the Madeira fortified wine.

Sercial gives the driest style of Madeira, containing up to up to 1.5% residual sugar; Verdehlo (a medium-dry style) has up to 2.5 % residual sugar and Bual 3.5% and Malmsey/Malvasia has more than 4% residual sugar.

Sercial is the last of the white grapes to ripen in Madeira, often as late as the mid of October, and is characterised by a high level of acidity. A minimum of twenty years ageing in cask is required for vintage Sercial Madeiras, to ensure that its razor-sharp acidity has softened. Once mature, it makes a perfect apéritif but it can also hold its own very well.

 

The Region

Sercial

Sercial is a white grape and a corresponding style of Madeira wine, one of the four recognised styles of this fortified wine, along with the medium-dry Verdelho, the medium-sweet Bual and Terrantez and the lusciously sweet Malvasia (aka Malmsey).

Sercial is the driest style of Madeira, containing up to up to 1.5 percent residual sugar; Verdehlo (a medium-dry style) has up to 2.5 percent residual sugar while Bual has 3.5 percent and Malmsey Malvasia has more than four percent residual sugar.

Sercial is the last of the white grapes to ripen in Madeira, often as late as mid-October, and is characterised by a high level of acidity. A minimum of 20 years ageing in cask is required for vintage Sercial Madeiras, to ensure that its razor-sharp acidity has softened. Once mature, it makes a perfect apéritif but it can also hold its own very well.

A vintage Sercial Madeira resembles a Tawny Port in colour, yet the nose has pronounced citrus fruit aromas, and as the wine ages the aromatic profile becomes similar to old Rieslings.


 

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