Our Madeira shelf is looking very healthy at the moment as we’ve added some delicious - and indeed very nicely priced - bottles from one of our favourite producers, Barbeito. Rainwater (£12.99) is a style of Madeira that is steadily being revived. The origin of the name is loosely based on an incident in the 18th century when barrels of Madeira awaiting shipment absorbed rain over time, so that the resultant flavour of the wine altered a little - but in a positive way. Whatever the tale, it’s delicious stuff so grab yourself a bottle this Christmas. In addition to this we also have 2 sweeter styles: a Boal Reserva (£12.99) and a Malvasia Reserva (£12.99) from the same range. And finally, if you fancy a special treat, look out for the sumptuous 2003 Medium Dry Colheita (£19.99), which raises the taste bar a little further. All 4 come in neat ‘stocking filler size’ 500 ml bottles. Of course we have quite a few other Madeiras on the shelf too - just the thing to enjoy over Christmas.
31st August 2013
Some fine berried fruit aromas with nice leather and spice notes. Deceptively full with some nicely controlled power. Good acidity and ripe tannins, with classic Southern Hemisphere Malbec character. Mulberries, bramble fruit and leather flavours, with an impressive structure for the price.