Blandys 10 Year Old Sercial Madeira is a “seco” or dry style of Madeira. It is quite often served lightly chilled as an aperitif, or with nuts and tapas, rather than at the end of a meal like the richer styles such as Malmsey.
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 Sercial Madeira is made from 100% Sercial grapes sourced from various quality vineyards including those at Jardim da Serra which is located on the south of the island at an altitude of 500m. Blandy’s 10 year old Sercial is a blend of wines with an average of 10 years in seasoned American oak casks. After fermentation, and the subsequent fortification, the Sercial wines 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 undergoes regular racking before finally being bottled. Residual sugar is 48 g/L.