This special gift box contains four 20cl bottles of 10 year old Madeira from the four principal Madeira styles; Sercial, Verdehlo, Bual and Malmsey 19% ABV. From the Blandy family who have been making wines on the island since 1811, this would make a wonderful gift. Madeira is fortified wine produced on Madeira island, off the coast of Portugal. Still made using the traditional Madeira production techniques it has for centuries and passed down through the generations. The wines are aged in the family’s winery in seasoned American barrels using the traditional ‘Canteiro’ system (named after the beams where the oak barrels are placed) where the wine is moved from the higher, warmer flors to the middle then cooler ground flors. Throughout this ageing process the wine evolves from predominantly primary fruit to tertiary dried characters. Blandy’s have owned and managed their Madeira wine company since 1811 and are the only family of the original creators of the Madeira wine trade to do so. Michael and Chris Blandy ( 6th and 7th generation) continue to work for the company which is run by Chris. The Winemaker is Francisco Albuquerque
Sercial: Almond and hazelnut characters dominate with lovely acidity and an impressive length.
Verdehlo: A bouquet of hazelnut with a crisp palate and vibrant acidity. Smoky notes on the finish and a little more depth than the Sercial.
Bual: Loaded with aromas of dried fruits, orange peel, and vanilla with figs and spiced walnuts on the palate. Such great balance between sweetness and acidity.
Malmsey: Marmalade and burnt sugar on the nose with a beautiful balanced palate of rich sweetness and acidity.