Blandys 10 Year Old Bual Madeira is a “meio doce” or medium rich style of Madeira wine. It can be served with dessert like sweeter Malmsey styles but the medium rich style also works well with more savoury dishes and cheeses etc.
For 200 years, Blandys Madeira has been synonymous with quality Madeira wine. The Blandy 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 in order to further expand the global market, the Blandy’s approached another Anglo-Portuguese family, the Symingtons Family (owners of Port Houses Dow, Warre, Graham and Cockburn amongst others) and offered them a partnership in the newly named Madeira Wine Company (MWC). This partnership continues today and in 2011 the Blandys and the Symingtons signed an agreement giving the Blandy family control of the (MWC). The Symington remain minority shareholders. Today, Michael and Chris Blandy, 6th and 7th generation members, continue to work in the company, maintaining a tradition that spans over 200 years.
Blandys 10 Year Old Malmsey Madeira is made from from 100% Bual (sometimes spelled Boal) grapes sourced from 29 Bual growers predominately from the south coast of the island between Ribeira Brava and Calheta. Bual is a vigorous variety and fairly easy growing. It is also known as “Malvasia Fina” in Portugal. After fermentation, and the subsequent fortification the Bual wines for Blandys 10 Year Old Malmsey are aged for an average of 10 years in seasoned American oak casks in the traditional “Canteiro” system, whereby the casks of this wine are 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. During this totally natural ageing, the wine underwent regular racking before finally being bottled.