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For 200 years, Blandy’s Madeira has been synonymous with quality Madeira wine. The Blandys 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 members of the family continue to live on Madeira, maintaining a tradition that goes back to 1811. 100% Malmsey. Blandy’s Vintage Malmsey 1985 is a single harvest Madeira. Vintage (or Frasquiera) Madeira must be aged in cask for a minimum of 20 years, in practise they are aged for much longer, before being bottled under Madeira Wine Institute supervision. This wine was aged for 24 years in seasoned American oak casks in the traditional ‘Canteiro’ system, whereby the casks were gradually transferred from the top floors of the lodge, where it is naturally warmer, to the middle floors and eventually to the ground floor where it is cooler. The wine was regularly racked and when it reached the desired stage of maturity it was bottled. Only 1,420 bottles of this wine were released. Madeira is a complex, interesting wine and is made in virtually every vintage. Due to the unique estufagem aging process Madeira is one of the longest-lived wines and also improves for days after opening, but will keep, once opened, for a month and more in a decanter. It makes an ideal wedding or anniversary present. Clear, amber colour with golden highlights. Characteristic Madeira bouquet with notes of wood, dried fruits and toffee. Smooth, full-bodied and sweet, with a long warm aftertaste with notes of oak.
"A deep golden colour tinged with a figgy green, the nose gave off molasses, treacle and rich coffee. The palate was stunningly complex delivering a whole spectrum of flavours from intensely sweet to quite salty with a resinous texture and bucket loads of dried citrus, raisins and the lighter note of currants as well as candied walnuts. The finish was astonishing, it was epically long and perfectly balanced between sweetness and the acidity – at no point did I think it was too sweet" 91/100 points, Quentin Sadler, Quentin Sadler's Wine Pages