Boal 10 Year Old Reserva Velha Barbeito
Medium sweet. Grapes from various quality vineyards in Campanário, Estreito da Calheta and Prazeres. Grapes were pressed in a continuous press. Aged canteiro method in French oak casks. TA 6.59 g/l, pH 3.47, RS 90 g/l. Smells of homemade taffy, toffee apple. Smells so good I want to climb into it right away, bury myself in it, close the door on the world. So many layers in this: layers of richness, of spice, of texture so fine there is no grain, of shiny acidity, of coiled-spring energy. Golden apple; golden sultanas; butter biscuits and ginger snaps; apple and ginger cream drizzled with syrup. Cooked banana. Lots of spice. The spices of dried grass and warm-earth-meadow-hay; the spices of baking; the spices of orange pekoe tea leaf. Power and grace, and, despite all that residual sugar, a wine that finishes dry and ineffably elegant. Rating: 17 Tamlyn Currin - www.JancisRobinson.com (Dec 2020)
*Case price discount: Mix any 12 bottles of wine (or 9 litre equivalent) or 6 bottles of Champagne, Spirits, Sweet Wine or Fortified (4.5 litres) to get the discounted 'case price' for each bottle.
The Barbeito family Madeiras are almost unique in their total non use of caramel to colour the wines. The natural pale colour of theise great Madeiras gives an impression of their being light and perhaps less concentrated than others, but on tasting the wines this impression is quickly dispelled. They are brighter and more pure than most other producers but they have beautiful texture, wonderfully intensity and are immensely long.
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