Fortnum’s Single Cask Madeira 2001: seasonal wine of the day

Own labels are exclusive but do the wines necessarily warrant the positive connotations associated with exclusivity?  Fortnum & Mason’s wine buyer Tim French works closely with two of my favourite Portuguese fortified producers, Niepoort (Port) and Barbeito (Madeira), so I’ve no hesitation giving Fortnum’s own label Ports and Madeiras the big thumbs up. 

I’m particularly enamoured of Barbeito’s single cask Madeiras.  They’re as exciting a wine as you’ll find on the planet, so I’m not talking just fortifieds and, as the names suggests, Fortnum’s Single Cask Madeira 2001 really is exclusive -the product of one barrel of Malvasia.    

Though the Malvasia grape produces Madeira’s sweetest, richest style, Barbeito’s Madeiras are as racy as they come, with sweet citrus acidity which provides the perfect foil for Christmas pud.  It’s a good buy too at £23.50  for a 50cl bottle at Fortnums & Mason.

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  1. Niklas Jörgensen

    Hi Sarah,

    F&M are serious buyers. They tasted their way through MANY casks before settling with a few destined for UK and Christmas sale. I was told by Americo at Barbeito!

    I tasted a few of their labels at Barbeito and they’re good, really good!

    All the best,


    • sarah

      Hi Niklas Yes, I really like the wines they make for the Rare Wine Co’s Heritage range in the US too – all in all, a top producer, v creative and speaking of innovation, I’m looking forward to tasting the 20 year old Henriques and Henriques Terrantez and Malvasia this week.

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