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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Sercial is a hard-skinned and high acid grape. 8.5% alcohol is enough to start picking the grapes, which usually happens in early October (2017 being the exception). Barbeito have special authorisation to pick this grape in particular. Based on 12-year-old wines aged in cask. Owner and winemaker Ricardo de Freitas explains that he ‘always makes one part of the Sercial medium-dry which makes for a bigger wine. This is so that the Sercial in the blend becomes balanced and civilised.’ Slightly sweaty, curry powder nose. Super-clean blend of different wines. Rating: 17 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com (Feb 2018)
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)
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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