Barbeito is one of the most forward-thinking companies on Madeira as well as being one of the youngest, being founded in the 1940's by Mário Barbeito. When Mário died in 1985, the company was taken forward by his daughter, Dona Manuela de Freitas, whose two sons, Ricardo and Miguel joined the firm in 1991. Today, Ricardo is in day to day charge of Vinhos Barbeito, his mother having retired in the early 1990s, and his brother looking after other family business interests.
Barbeito Boal Reserve 5 Years Old Madeira 50cl
We consider this to be the ideal introduction to canteiro Madeiras. If that sounds like its a compromise, be assured it is not! This is a medium sweet wine made from Boal grapes, matured in oak casks for 5 years. Its nose is a rich mixture of caramel and dried apricots and these flavors, especially the dried apricots dominate the palate.