Begun in 1996, Broadbent Madeira was inspired by Bartholomew Broadbent’s father, Michael Broadbent, who called Madeira his “desert island wine,” and who played a crucial role in sourcing the wines and establishing the blends. Bartholomew Broadbent, who spent more than a decade reintroducing Madeira to the U.S. mar- ket, was determined to create a line of Madeiras to compete with the best in the world. Madeira Island is situated in the Atlantic Ocean, about 900km southwest of Lisbon and 600Km west, from the north African coast.
Several mixtures of soils derived mainly of basalt, trachytes and trachydolerites, tufa, scoria and conglomerates. The geographi- cal position and mountains landscape allows a very pleasing cli- mate. With its mild humidity, the island weather is classified as subtropical with variations in temperature, humidity, and rainfall according to altitude. Tinta Negra grapes are grown in Estreito de Câmara de Lobos, Câ- mara de Lobos, São Vicente and Ponta Delgada. Harvest manually in several weekly selections starting at the end of August through mid-October. Grapes are completely destemmed and crushed. Fer- mentation is carried out with maceration skins at controlled temperature in stainless steel tanks. The juice is frequently pumped over the cap for about 2 to 3 days, in order to extract color and aroma compounds. During fermentation, there is an addition of neutral grape spirit (96°) in order to maintain the desired sweet- ness degree. After Estufagem (40 - 50ºC during 3 months) is completed but before bottling, the wine ages in oak casks and/or blended with wines matured in casks for at least 5 years.
Dark amber color with elegant aroma with hints of vanilla and raisins. Soft texture and well balanced, long and pleasant. Caramel and molasses notes on the finish.
90 points, International Wine Review, 2018
90 points, Wine Spectator, 2017