Malvasia Cândida was the first grape variety to be planted on Madeira Island, in the second half of the 15th century. Introduced by the Jesuit Priests, the wine soon became the most sought and wanted among all. In 1860’s Phylloxera destroyed almost all the Malvasia Candida , except in one isolated vineyard in Madeira – Faja Dos Padres. It is the same small vineyard where the Jesuit priests planted it for the first time in 15th century. This wonderful Reserva Especial comes from that same vineyard, the only one today growing the very small quantities of Malvasia Candida. Barbeito winemaker Ricardo Diogo selected wines harvested between 2006 and 2010, to make this Special Reserve blend, aged in old French oak barrels. A true rarity.
Barbeito Malvasia Cândida Reserva Especial is a dry Madeira wine, complex and very iodized. It features notes of molasses and sugar cane, aromas of tropical fruit such as banana and pineapple flanked by saline mineral notes and perfect acidity.