Barbeito, Boal Reserva, Vinho Madeira, NV
This wine: varietal boal (aka bual), canteiro method of ageing, blended from wines aged for 5 years in old French oak casks, 500ml, 19% abv, Weavers, £16 (10/16)
Consumer tasting note: a strident nose of roasted nuts, raisin, toffee and fruit cake, medium sweet; full-bodied with concentrated flavours of heavy fruit cake, roasted nuts, walnuts and toffee. A long length. Could decant for an hour.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance: clear and bright, medium intensity (red) amber, showing tears.
Nose: clean, pronounced intensity, fully developed, with aromas as they come, of roasted hazelnut and almond, date and raisin, medium toffee, heavy fruit cake, hint of old dried citrus.
Palate: medium sweet, medium (+) acidity, fortified high, full-bodied, pronounced intensity, a smooth velvety slightly viscous texture, along with a very low-key grip, showing flavours of heavy fruit cake, roasted nuts, walnut, medium toffee. A long length with warming alcohol and a lightly grippy roast nut-toffee finish.
Quality: very good, nicely balanced acidity with alcohol and residual sugar, pronounced flavour intensity and concentration, showing some complexity, with a long length and a good palate cleansed finish.
Drinking readiness/ageing potential: drink now, unsuited to further ageing – fully developed, but will keep indefinitely.