O Produtor, tasting note published in July 14th 1905
Golden with green highlights, this bottle opens with a fresh, minty bouquet of pine, walnut, cashew, dried white sultanas, sea spray and a hint of varnish. The palate is mineral and elegant, with spicy citrus acidity. The finish is salty and persistent, with a lovely dryness.
This Sercial Tinto began its ageing process in old French oak casks in March 1979 and was bottled for the first time in April 2001. After 29 years in casks, in December 2008, Ricardo Diogo transferred some of this wine to 64 litre demijohns. By storing the wine in demijohns it was his intention to avoid excessive concentration while maintaining its elegance, with an ideal balance between acidity and sugar. From this 87 bottles, 67 units of 750ml were bottled, all numbered and signed by himself.
In the early years our company concentrated its efforts in the production of bottled wine. New concepts of marketing in the Madeira wine business were introduced as well as innovative packaging like the wickered flagon. The quality of our wines gained an excellent reputation among consumers which helped to strenghten Barbeito’s image in the international market. In 1991 another important change occurred in our company: for first time someone from our family became responsible for the making of the wine. In 1993, after two years learning the “secrets” of our wines’ style and character as well as studying modern techniques of wine making, Ricardo Freitas faced alone his first grape harvest. Thinking of the future, we began building a working team in which all members work under the same motto: produce good quality wines with a unique style.
Since then Vinhos Barbeito never stopped investing in the purchase of good quality grapes to make fine wines. To achieve that goal, year after year, we work to establish closer relationships with farmers.
Vinhos Barbeito, Lda.
Estrada Ribeira Garcia
Parque Empresarial de Câmara de Lobos, Lote Oito
9300-076 Câmara de Lobos