Sercial 10 Year Old Reserva Velha Barbeito
Penetratingly acidic and taut - lovely delicacy and purity. Straight as a die, it loses its austerity as you get into it. Lovely aperitif style. L&S (Nov 2013)
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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.
Fresh with barley-sugar aromas. Pure and arrow-like, concentrated but elegant. Tastes intensely dry. Goes on and on. Rating: 17 Julia Harding MW, www.JancisRobinson.com (Dec 2014)
The nose although it seems quite light has charming floral fragrances. On the palate there is fruit sweetness underpinned by hazel nut and walnut giving complexity. The finish is long, charming with real elegance. Rating: 93 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk (Dec 2013)
Peachy pale tawny. Racy with that wonderful purity and acidity, yet heady and with massive depth of fruit. Tense, serious, complex. A marvel really. Only just off dry, this would make a fabulous aperitif. Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Dec 2012)
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