Barbeito Single Harvest Colheita 2004 is a Meio Seco, or Medium Dry, Madeira and is made from 100% Tinta Negra Mole grapes.
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.
The grapes for the Barbeito Single Harvest Colheita 2004 Madeira are were sourced from vineyards in Estreito de Camara de Lobos. After harvest the grapes are pressed in a continuous press and, 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%). After this the wine is aged old French oak casks 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.
Only 3265 bottles (50cl) were bottled in December 2015 at 19% abv. Each bottle is individually numbered.