Vinhos Barbeito Boal Reserve Velha 10 Year Old Madeira
Vinhos Barbeito are one of the most forward-thinking companies on Madeira as well as being one of the youngest, being founded in the 1940s by Mário Barbeito. Barbeito are attempting to redefine the popular notion of Madeira to a generally slightly drier, more food-oriented wine. As well as careful selection, long ageing and the absence of caramel, the wines are not de-acidified, so they retain much more freshness and tang than many Madeiras. At this level, Barbeito are leading the way in making complex, fine Madeiras as naturally as possible.
Boal is a medium rich wine amongst the range from Barbeito, and is excellent as a digestif, or to match with richer dishes such as Christmas pudding, Foie-gras, chocolate, candied fruits and cheese. You should serve this at 13-14 degrees celsius, and can be kept in a cool place for several months after opening. As this is filtered it does not require decanting.