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

Year: N.V.
Appellation: Madeira
Country: Portugal
Wine Spectator: 88
Wine Enthusiast: 92
Fortified Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 19.0%
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“Crisp and clean, with plenty of minerally essence to the rose petal, blood orange and passion fruit flavors, followed by buttery notes of the vibrant finish." (WS)

"As warmer weather approaches, this is a wine that should immediately come to mind at apéritif time. This bone-dry style, with its inimitable nutty character, is so fresh, so vibrant. It has some tannins, enlivening acidity giving a great lift at the end. Bring on the freshly salted, roasted almonds. - R.V. (12/15/2008)" (WE)

Winery Notes:
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.

Fermentation off the skins with natural yeast at temperatures between 18C - 21C, in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks; fortification with grape brandy after approximately five days, arresting fermentation at the desired degree of sweetness. Blandy’s 10 Year Old Sercial was aged 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.