Broadbent Reserve Madeira 5yrs
The history of Madeira wine stretches back to the Age of Exploration, when Madeira was a frequent port of call for ships whose captains would fuel up on wine fortified to prevent spoilage for their trans-Atlantic journey. The blazing heat of the sea voyage transformed the flavor of the wines, a metamorphosis reproduced by a process called estufagem during which the wines are heated to as high as 60C (140F) and oxidated. Begun in 1996, Broadbent Madeira was inspired by Bartholomew Broadbents father, Michael Broadbent, who called Madeira his desert island wine, and who played a crucial role in sourcing the wines and establishing the blends.
Color: Deep amber.
Aroma: Dry fruits on the nose. Elegant.
Palate: Rich, soft and balanced, with some complexity. A long and pleasant mellowed finish, with bittersweet chocolate notes.
|Wine Spectator: 88|
|Dark in color, and sweet, this is full, rich and satisfying, with burnt caramel and smoke notes. The sweetness is balanced by vibrant acidity, ending on a clean, almost salty tang. Drink now. BS|
|Wine Enthusiast: 88|
|With its dark gold color and sweet, nutty aromas, this is on the rich side of the Madeira taste spectrum. It has attractive fruitiness and aged citrus acidity that go together, leaving a wine that is both sweet but also fresh. R.V. (12/15/2008) 88|