Vinhos Barbeito was founded in 1946 by Mario Barbeito, who was the grandfather of current winemaker Ricardo Freitas. Freitas took over the winemaking in 1993, with a set goal of producing good quality wines with a unique style. Since then, Barbeito only makes Madeiras that are naturally cask-aged by the Canteiro method (used for the highest quality Madeiras, these wines are aged without the use of any artificial heat, being stored by the winery in warm rooms left to age by the heat of the sun. In some cases, this heating process can last from 20 years to 100 years!). Also worth of mention: Freitas is a feral non-interventionist, as he refuses to add caramel prior to bottling, so that his wines can be enjoyed in a more natural state. Awesome, right? This particular bottle exemplifies the care and detailed work that go into Barbeito madeiras... Labeled "Frasqueira", which is the category given to wines that spend the longest time in cask (at least 20 years), it's made solely from Boal grapes, from a single-vineyard (Ribeira Brava), harvested in 1992. After fortification, this wine was put into one cask only (77 b+e, old french oak). After 20 years of slow heat aging, 920 bottles were filled in June of 2013. One of them could be now yours! The palate here is weightier, with more evolved flavors and a notable balance between concentration and caramelisation. It shows an elegant nose with notes of smoked wood, figs, prunes and spices. A powerful wine with an excellent acidity and long finish, marked by a spicy freshness. More than a treat, this is quite the treasure!