Blandy’s Madeira 5 Yr Old Malmsey (750ml)
The Blandy’s are unique in being the only family of all the original founders of the Madeira wine trade to still own and manage their own original wine company. The family has played a leading role in the development of Madeira wine throughout its long history and in the economic development of this remote Atlantic Island and members of the family continue to live on Madeira, maintaining a tradition that goes back to 1811. Blandy’s Madeira remains totally dedicated to the traditions, care, and craftsmanship of Madeira Wine making and has been owned by the same family for 200 years and seven generations.
Pale, bright topaz color with a golden tinge. Aromas of fruit cake and toffee with a rich and luscious well balanced palate with flavours of dried fruit, wood and citrus flavors with a fresh and nutty persistent finish. Enjoy with rich chocolate desserts, fruit cake and strong cheese.
Madeira is a fortified wine made on the Portuguese Madeira Islands, off the coast of Africa. Made from Malmsey grapes. Fermentation off the skins with natural yeast at temperatures between 18°C – 21°C in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. After approximately 5-6 days, fortification with grape brandy takes place, arresting fermentation at the desired degree of sweetness.
The wine is aged in American oak casks in the traditional ‘Canteiro’ system where the wines are heated in the lofts and eventually blended. Over the years the wine is transferred from the top floors to the middle floors and eventually to the ground floor where it is cooler. After this gradual heat and movement the wine underwent racking and fining before the blend was assembled and bottled.