Blandys - Malmsey 10 Year OldMadiera
Clear, dark golden brown with green tinges at the rim. Complex and intense nose revealing a bouquet of wood, dried fruits, toffee and spices. Sweet, fresh and smooth with length, full bodied with lingering, smoky characteristics and extremely well balanced acidity. Serve lightly chilled in Summer.
Vineyards: Various quality vineyards including Sao Jorge at altitudes between 150-200m.
Vinification: Blandy's 10 year old Rich Malmsey underwent fermentation off the skins with natural yeast at temperatures between 18 degrees C - 21 degrees C in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. After approximately 48 hours, fortification with grape brandy takes place, arresting fermentation at the desired degree of sweetness.
Maturation: Blandy's 10 Year Old Malmsey was aged for 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.
Specification: Alcohol: 19% ABV pH: 3.6 Residual Sugar: 119.6 g/l Total Acidity: 6.68 g/l tartaric acid.
Serving & Cellarage: Blandy's 10 year old Malmsey is fined and does not require decanting. It is a superb accompaniment to dessert dishes, especially fruit, cakes, rich chocolate puddings and cheeses. It has been bottled when ready for drinking and will keep for several months after opening.