Blandys 1977 Terrantez Vintage Madeira is perfect for anyone celebrating a special birthday or anniversary from 1977.
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.
Madeira is a fortified wine made in the Portuguese Madeira Islands and, due to its unique vinification method, which involves heating the wine in special warehouses, it is one of the world’s longest lived wines and Vintage Madeira makes a superb birthday or anniversary present. This vintage Madeira has been aged in seasoned American oak casks in the traditional “Canteiro” system, whereby the casks were gradually transferred from the top floors of various wine lodges, where it is naturally warmer, to the middle floors and eventually to the ground floor where it is cooler during its maturation. The Canteiro method is only used for the highest quality Madeira, these wines are aged without the use of any artificial heat, being stored by the winery in warm rooms left to age by the heat of the sun. The Madeira wine is regularly racked and when it reaches the desired stage of maturity it is bottled. Vintage Madeiras will have a bottling date as well as the vintage (harvest year) on it. All old and vintage Madeiras are bottled under Madeira Wine Institute supervision.
Traditionally Madeira varies in style and sweetness depending on the grape variety that the Madeira is made from. Sercial produces the driest style, the rarer Tarrantez and Verdelho produce a Medium Dry style, Bual (sometimes call Boal) produces a Medium Rich style and Malvasia (also known as Malmsey) produces the richest and sweetest styles. This wine is 100% Terrantez, which is now a very rare grape variety that had almost been lost to Madeira, although there are a few recent plantings that promise a future for this well-known grape. Very low yields indeed (zero in some years) with late ripening. Terrantez Madeira is lean and is less aromatic; usually made medium dry or medium rich, with high acidity.
Madeira is a complex, interesting wine and is made in virtually every vintage. Due to the unique “estufagem” process Madeira improves for days after opening and will also keep, once opened, for a month or more in a decanter.
Blandys 1977 Terrantez Vintage Madeira presented in a 75cl bottle and individual box.