Blandys 10 Year Old Malmsey Madeira is a “doce” or rich style of Madeira wine. The rich style of Malmsey, the local name for Malvasia, is often served at the end of a meal or with dessert and pastries.
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% Malmsey sourced from various, high quality vineyards including those loacted at Sao Jorge at altitudes of between 150-200m. After fermentation, and the subsequent fortification the Malmsey 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.