N.V. Blandy's Madeira Malmsey 10 Year 500 ml

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Madeira
Country: Portugal
Wine Spectator: 90
Wine Enthusiast: 91
Fortified Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 19.0%
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"Richly spiced, with orange pekoe tea notes to the caramelized apple, pear and dried fig flavors. Chocolate and spice accents show on the luscious finish. Drink now through 2025. 350 cases imported. –KM" (WS)

"Mildly syrupy in texture, this is an intensely sweet Madeira balanced by racy acidity. Rancio and brown sugar aromas lead the way, followed by flavors of caramelized nuts, molasses and burnt citrus peel. Excellent length on the finish, where the crisp acids really shine. -J.C. (11/1/2006) " (WE)

Winery Notes:
The Blandy family founded their winery in 1811 and in 1925 formed the original Madeira Wine Association in partnership with Leacock’s Madeira. In 1989, the Symington family, renowned fourth generation Port producers, entered a partnership with the Blandys in what had then become the Madeira Wine Company, which also represents Cossart Gordon, Leacock’s and Miles. Over the last 15 years, the Symingtons have used their winemaking experience, dedication to reinvestment in the vineyards and winery, and worldwide distribution network to revitalize the Madeira trade.

Fermentation off the skins with natural yeast at temperatures between 18C-21C, in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks; fortification with grape brandy after approximately 48 hours, arresting fermentation at the desired degree of sweetness.

Blandy’s 10 Year Old Malmsey was aged for 10 years in seasoned American oak casks in the traditional “Canteiro” system. In the process the wine is gently heated by warm air in the lofts of the company’s south facing lodge in Funchal. Over the years the casks are transferred from the top floor to the middle floor and eventually to the ground floor where it is cooler. The wine then underwent racking and fining before the blend was assembled and bottled.