Barbeito Tres Pipas Bastardo Madeira

Barbeito Tres Pipas Bastardo Madeira

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Grower: Barbeito
Grape Variety: Bastardo
Style: Citrus and Complex
Country: Madeira
Appellation: DOC Madeira
Vintage: NV
Closure: CORK
Alcohol: 19% ABV
Bottle Size: 50cl

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A blend of three separate vinifications, from different vintages, all originally made as experiments to further Ricardo's understanding of this great, almost forgotten variety on the island. The bouquet shows floral notes, ripe citrus, yellow fruit jam, dried leaf and nuts. Fresh on the palate, involving the entire back palate with a vibrant and precise acidity with hints of spice. Smooth apricot notes on a fresh and elegant finish.

The Barbeitos, on the other hand, entered the business much later, in 1946. Yet, their accomplishment is nearly as great, given not only the number of firms that have since vanished, but the fact that they entered the business during a particularly dark time for Madeira. In the early 1990s, Manuela Barbeito began to turn over the reins of the company to her son Ricardo Freitas. Armed with a history degree from the University of Lisbon, Ricardo not only brought a deep respect for Madeira’s classical roots, he also brought new energy and new ideas to the company. One of these ideas was to restore the role that Madeira once had as a companion to food. Ricardo also joined with The Rare Wine Co. to create our pioneering Historic Series Madeiras, which have pumped enormous new vitality into the once-vibrant American market for Madeira. Of course, Ricardo is continuing his grandfather’s and mother’s legacy of sourcing great old wines, and preserving them for future generations. But he is also creating his own legacy.

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