Barbeito 20 year Verdelho Lot 1 Ribeiro Real Madeira

SKU #1321559 Vinous

 I find the aroma of the Barbeito wines so much harder to describe because they are very much themselves, distinctive, not a prototype madeira - even though they are also distinctively madeira, if that makes any sense. This has quince sourness along with dried-apricot fruitiness, then actually quite steely on the palate despite the hint of sweetness. There's an amazing backbone that is not just the acidity but a kind of rigour. That tension is there again. Strikes me as a wine that would be great with food but what? Goes on for ever with a bitter-orange purity. 18.5/20 Points (JH)  (10/2014)

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- Although quite small, Portugal produces a great variety of wines ranging from light and fizzy Vinho Verde to hearty and tannic Port. Portugal is Europe's fourth-largest wine-producing region, and has been exporting its wine since the 14th century. The Douro Valley of Portugal is the original and current home for the world's finest Port. The valley spans from east of the city of Oporto all the way to the border of Spain and is the country's best known wine region. Lesser-appreciated DOCs like Bairrada and Dão area also emerging for their fine, rustic reds.