RWC Historic Series 'Charleston' Sercial, Madeira DOC
Item Number: 326
Sub Region: Madeira
Appellation/AVA: Madeira DOC
Estate Grown Wine: No
Grape(s): 85% Sercial / 15% Tinto Negra Mole
Type: Wine - Fortified
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 19
Residual Sugar(g/L): <2 %
Soil Type: Volcanic, on steep, terraced hillsides
History: The RWC Historic Series represents a close collaboration between The Rare Wine Co. and Vinhos Barbeito. First conceived in 1998, the goal from the beginning was to produce a series of affordable varietal Madeiras that possess the magical qualities of great Vintage Madeira. Each wine is made up 85% of the stated varietal, selected from parcels of wine 10 to 20 years old. The remaining 15% is very old Tinta Negro Mole, 40 to 60 years of age, which gives the wines much of their aged vintage character. Each wine is named for an American seaport where Madeira was popular in the 18th and 19th centuries. The labels feature early engravings and historic information, further evoking a sense of Madeira’s towering importance in American history.
Aging: The best Madeiras, including those in the Historic Series, spend years or decades in large barrels of various sizes, subject to substantial yearly swings in temperature (a method called canteiro ). This time is what gives the wines their unique personalities.
'Charleston' Sercial Tasting Notes: This Sercial shows the strong acidity and nutty flavors that have always marked great vintage Sercial. Superb as an aperitif or with soup and cheese courses.
About Sercial Madeira: Sercial is grown at high elevations (up to one-half mile above sea level) and is the last variety harvested, usually in October or early November. The wine is fermented to relative dryness (less than 1.5% sugar remaining) and then brandy is added to raise it to between 17% and 20% alcohol. The taste of a fine Vintage Sercial is crisp and racy, its slight sweetness balanced by an exhilarating, mouthwatering tang of acidity. It is not only an extraordinary aperitif or after-dinner wine, it is the only Vintage Madeira that can be considered a dinner wine as well, traditionally being consumed with the soup course. A Sercial begins its life pale in color, but over the course of a century deepens and darkens to amber.