Madeira 1800 HP Barradas
Reserva Particular, Re-bottled in 1996
Provenance: Christies London, 3/15/2017
Tasting note: Deep concentrated nose of dried peaches, honey, fudge, vanilla ice tone. Quite attractive. Some Indian spices on the back. After some time more developed showing secondary aromas of honey cake and vintage furniture. Intense acidity, medium sweet, soft, with lingering grapefruit bitters and sweet fruit. Finishing with nice concentrated acidity. Very nice wine. Last tasted August 2015. EV.
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The island of Madeira has been producing and exporting its namesake wine virtually since the Portuguese discovered it in 1419. Since then, Madeira’s location in the middle of important trade routes meant the success of its wines mirrored the worldwide geopolitical situation. The fortified wine’s fortunes have soared during times of peace, prosperity, and free trade and plummeted during conflict and international upheaval.