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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. 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. The wine must then be aged in bottle for a further two years before being released for sale. 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. Blandy’s Vintage Bual 1920 is a single harvest Madeira
. This wine was aged for 65 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 2,480 bottles of this wine were released.
Blandys 1920 Bual Vintage Madeira has a golden colour with golden green tinges at the rim. Intense, exuberant and concentrated bouquet of dried fruits with an aroma of licorice. Notes of wood, toffee and vanilla. Luxurious long finish of dried fruits, spices and tobacco.
“Good Madeira excites the mind as well as the palate...Stencilled. Pale. Sweet roasted nose. Delicate. Ethereal. Suberp long finish”. Patrick Grubb, April 2004.
“...Amazing freshness balances the gorgeous, mellow maturity. An absolute privilege to experience." IWSC, June 2007
"A rich, yellowy gold with hints of walnut brown. The nose was a heady, lifted, cocktail of caramel, iodine, buttered toffee, currants, raisins and dried citrus peel, licorice and orange. The palate was wonderfully well-knit with a resinous, oily texture, toffee and caramel mingling with pepper, sweet spice, vanilla and dried citrus. It was luscious and full-bodied with lovely acidity that lifts it all and keeps the long finish fresh and clean. Figs, coffee, oranges and caramel mingle together on the finish that lasted for well over a minute. There is no doubt in my mind that this is one of the most amazing wines I have ever tasted." 99/100 points, Quentin Sadler, Quentin Sadler's Wine Pages