Blandys 2008 Harvest Malmsey is a single vintage Madeira made by Blandy’s, one of the most famous and oldest suppliers of quality Madeira. For 200 years, Blandys Madeira has been synonymous with quality Madeira wine. The Blandys are unique in being the only family of all the original founders of the Madeira wine trade to still own and manage their own original wine company. The 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. After fermentation, and subsequent fortification, Blandys 2008 Harvest Malmsey was aged in seasoned American oak casks in the traditional Canteiro system, whereby the wine is gently heated by warm air in the lofts of the companys south-facing lodge in Funchal. Over the years the casks are transferred from the top floor to the middle floor and eventually to the ground floor where it is cooler. The wine is regularly racked during the ageing process and is finally bottled when the desired balance of maturity is reached. Harvest (or Colheita) is a single vintage Madeira that has been aged in cask for at least seven years.