Wine Spectator 89 points - This offers a sweet yet still fresh mix of almond, dried orange peel and piecrust notes, zipped up with a thread of green tea through the finish. Drink now. 5,500 cases made. -JM.July/2017
eRobertParker.com 90 points - The non-vintage Rainwater Medium Dry is aged for three years in oak casks and this was bottled in January 2011. It has a light, toffee-scented bouquet with hints of creme brulee. There are subtle notes of marzipan, raisin and fresh fig that are well-defined and become voluminous with aeration. The palate is sweet and spicy on the entry. It is understated at first with smoked walnut, nougat, cumin and Chinese 5-spice and it builds gently towards a harmonious, beautifully balanced finish with traces of red chillies, dried honey and walnuts. This is a wonderful Rainwater. ”.Neal Martin, August/2012
Broadbent Rainwater Madeira, Three Year Fine Rich, and Five Year Reserve are all made from a grape variety called Tinta Negra Mole. It has been popular practice for some Madeira shippers to downplay the quality of Tinta Negra Mole. In the course of his research, however, Michael Broadbent found the quality of wine produced by Tinta Negra Mole to be as high as that of the classic grapes. To create price-competitive, Three and Five Year Olds with great character, Broadbent used the excellent Tinta Negra Mole wines.