Brown and mahogany in colour. The nose is complex. Roasted coffee, chocolate, hazelnut and banana cake, but still retaining a zesty bite. I think the real beauty of this comes in the balance on the palate, bright Seville orange acidity without becoming too piquant, combined with soft caramel that adds weight to the body. Long, vinous finish, with a toasty mocha sensation that keeps the length going on and on. This is serious, intense Madeira but its so easy to enjoy. *****
Clear and bright with a pale brown colour and dense legs. The nose is clean and fully developed, showing medium+ intensity aromas of caramel, toffee, brown sugar, prunes, walnut, clove and cedar. The wine is medium-dry with a high refreshing acidity, high alcohol, low tannins, medium+ body and medium+ intensity flavours of caramel, brown sugar, prunes, walnut, clove and cedar. Long finish.
It is an outstanding quality wine with a great complexity provided by the maturation process, a lingering finish, a very good overall balance with a well integrated acidity and the typicity of a Verdelho Madeira. Drink now, the wine will not improve in the bottle, but it can be kept for many years.
Blind tasting after many days of opening. nice mahogany hue. Legs are very fat. The nose is expressive of marmelade, hazelnuts, sweat caramel. Silky and appreciable. The mouth is sweat, buttery, honey, ending on mineral finish of chalk stone. The alcohol is dominating the whole. A fortified wine of course. Very good according to the CT rating scale.
Golden brown. In the bouquet sherry flavors, nuts, figs and cinnamon. On the palate tea, flor, nuts, coffee, caramel, sweet licorice, dried raisins and other fruits, cinnamon. Very harmonious and a beautiful balance between sweetness and acidity. The finish is a bit drying and has a good length.
I may be fudging a few points on the rating, but I really love this wine. The nose is big with butterscotch and fills the room. It's a dark brown that's bright with a classic Madeira green rim. The acid is balancing a slight residual sweetness. The wine goes great with chicken Cordon Bleu.
Excellent example of how good Madeira can be. Delicate dried orange peel. Limes. Gentle oxidised notes of toffee, hazelnut, raisin. Searing acidity. Very good length, complex and concentrated. Medium dry.
Dark glossy amber. Lovely subtle oxidised aroma with dried figs, nuttiness and orange peel. Rich and creamy on the palate with hazlenuts, dried fruits and toasty oak, all backed with a crisp seam of acidity. Long.
Beautiful amber-tawny with green tinges in the light. Nutty with a hint of rancio on the nose; good fruit and a sense of richness before a dry, long and complex finish. (This has a spot more energy and focus than the equally lovely Dow 20yr tawny I have open alongside.) Lovely on its own and ideal as a Winter Sunday lunch aperitif. ****
I didn't enjoy this bottle as much as other sweeter incarnations. Drinkable, but too dry for me considering what I like a Madeira to be: an easier drink then port, and not having to drink the bottle in one sitting. Bottle was finished over a period of 3 months or so, and no noticeable degradation of the wine was apparent.
Just too soft and easy for madeira. While it feels balanced between the nose and palate with decent length it lacks a bit of bite/vigour and pungency. Very good but a little bland. Prefer the Barbeito 10yos.
Madeira mixed tasting (London): A very pure wine, dry and concentrated with notes of molasses, nuttyness and a hint of sherry-flavour. A touch of VA. Quite a drying finish as you'd expect from verdelho. Fine.
Shining amber gold; lovely definition and harmony, deep, complex aromas of figs, candied fruit, nuts and caramel; medium-dry, wonderful intensity, tangy acidity, stylish, clean as a whistle; lovely length, very complete finish. Classic, almost vintage quality, a joy.