N.V. Broadbent Madeira 3 Year Old Fine Rich Sweet

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Madeira
Country: Portugal
Wine Spectator: 87
Wine Advocate: 87
Fortified Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 19.0%
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"Frankly sweet, with date, caramel and toasted sesame notes, backed by a hint of green tea through the open, rounded finish. Madeira 101. Drink now. 8,300 cases made. -JM" (WS)

"The latest example of Broadbent's NV Fine Rich Sweet offers up a rich bouquet of raisins, dates, syrup of figs, boot polish and demerara sugar. On the palate, this full-bodied, fleshy wine lives up to its name, displaying plenty of chewy extract and sweetness." (WA)

Winery Notes:
The harvest period started mid September, concluding the 2nd week of October. The grapes are de-stemmed, crushed and pressed. The must obtained was then allowed to ferment at a controlled temperature in stainless steel tanks. Fermentation is stopped after 6 or 7 days by addition of neutral grape spirit (96% minimum) in order to maintain the desired sweetness degree. Vinification is made in strict accordance with traditional methods. Aged in old oak cask in the traditional “Canteiro ”system. After maturing, the wine underwent racking, fining and filtering before the blend was assembled and bottled.