Barbeito Malvasia Reserva is a sweet, rich Madeira but with great balancing acidity. It is made from 100% Malvasia which is also known as Malmsey. Barbeito Madeira is a family-owned company formed in 1946 by Mário Barbeito. Today Mario’s grandson, Ricardo de Freitas, runs Vinhos Barbeito. Barbeito is a very traditinal cantiero style madeira and undergoes no de-acidification nor addition of caramel. Barbeito work closely with local producers and have input with them to ensure that each harvest the grapes are harvested to the specification of winemaker Ricardo de Freitas. Grapes for the Barbeito Malvasia (Malmsey) Reserva are sourced from vineyards in Arco de Sa?o Jorge. After harvest the grapes are pressed in a pneumatic presses. When the desired level of sweetness is reached, in this case meio seco or medium dry, fermentation is stopped with the addition of grape alcohol (basically an un-aged, undiluted brandy) with a strength of 96%. rnAfter this the Malvasia is aged in French oak casks for 5 years by the Canteiro method. The Canteiro method is used for only the highest qaulity Madeiras – the wines are aged without the use of artificial heat, in warm rooms heated by the sun. Other Madeiras may be artificially heated to replicate this process. The wines for the blend come from various different warehouse, which all bring different qualities to the Madeira.