Blandys 10 Year Old Verdelho Madeira is a “meio seco” or medium dry style of Madeira. It is made from Verdelho and the medium dry style makes this a superb match for savoury dishes, soups and pates.
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 Verdelho Madeira is made from 100% Verdelho grapes which Blandys source from 26 farmers found in 5 main regions of the island: in the north in Porto Moniz, Santana and São Vincente and in the south in Calheta and Funchal. After fermentation, and the subsequent fortification the Verdelho wines for Blandys 10 Year Old Verdelho 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 process, the wine underwent regular racking before finally being bottled.