Blandys Duke Of Sussex is a Dry Madeira made on the island of Madeira by the Blandy family. 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. In 1989 the Symington Family joined forces with the Blandy’s and, through their joint expertise in wine making and marketing, the company is now the leading producer of premium quality wine on the island. Duke of Sussex is made from 100% Tinta Negra Mole sourced from vineyards grown at about 600m on the south of the island in Camara de Lobos. After fermentation, and the subsequent fortification, Blandy's Duke of Sussex is transferred to 'estufa' tanks where the wine underwent a cyclic heating and cooling process between 45°C and 50°C over a period of 3 months. After 'estufagem' the wine was aged for three years in American oak casks and then underwent racking and fining before the blend was assembled and bottled.
Blandys Duke Of Sussex Dry Madeira is a light, delicate Madeira with clean fresh nutty flavours. Its dryness makes it an excellent aperitif wine.
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Blandy's Duke of Sussex is fined and does not require decanting. It is excellent as an aperitif but is also exceedingly good with creamy starters, fish dishes and Indian cuisine. It has been bottled when ready for drinking and will keep for several months after opening.
"This is fresh stuff, with a warm toasty character, apricot and marmalade flavours and a touch of gentle acidity. The finish is delicate and refreshing, and bursting with tangy, sweet lime." Wine Magazine, October 1998.