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Blandys Ten Year Old Malmsey Madeira - 500ml

Blandys Ten Year Old Malmsey Madeira - 500ml

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Blandy's Ten Year Old Malmsey Madeira: A Rich and Opulent Dessert Wine Experience (500ml)


Indulge in a taste of history and heritage with Blandy's Ten Year Old Malmsey Madeira. This exceptional dessert wine, bottled in a convenient 500ml format, hails from the island of Madeira and boasts a lineage of excellence dating back to 1811. The Blandy family, the only remaining founders of the Madeira wine trade still actively involved, crafts this exquisite Malmsey using time-honoured traditions.

The Winemaking Process

The journey of Blandy's Ten Year Old Malmsey begins with grapes sourced from select vineyards, primarily in the São Jorge region. Following meticulous harvesting, the grapes undergo fermentation in stainless steel tanks. After 48 hours, fortification with grape brandy occurs, carefully halting fermentation and preserving the wine's natural sweetness. The fortified wine then embarks on a ten-year maturation process in seasoned oak casks. During this time, the unique characteristics of Madeira emerge, shaped by the island's warm climate and controlled heating techniques employed in the Blandy lodges.

Tasting Notes: A Symphony of Flavours

Uncork a bottle of Blandy's Ten Year Old Malmsey and be greeted by a captivating visual display. The wine boasts a dark golden-brown hue, hinting at the richness that awaits. As you swirl the wine in the glass, a complex and enticing bouquet unfolds. Wood notes mingle with aromas of dried fruits, such as figs and raisins, interlaced with hints of toffee and warming spices.

The first sip delivers a delightful surprise. Despite its anticipated sweetness, the wine presents a surprising balance. The initial sweetness is met with a burst of fresh acidity, creating a lively and mouthwatering sensation. The rich, full-bodied character coats the palate, revealing layers of flavour. Hints of marmalade, honey, and roasted nuts emerge, interwoven with subtle smoky notes. The finish is long and lingering, leaving a pleasant warmth and a desire for another sip.

Food Pairing: The Perfect Harmony

Blandy's Ten Year Old Malmsey is a dessert wine extraordinaire. Its decadent profile makes it a phenomenal companion to a variety of sweet treats. Here are some suggested pairings to elevate your dessert experience:

  • Fruit-based desserts: Pair the wine with fruit tarts, crumbles, or pies. The acidity in the Malmsey cuts through the sweetness of the fruit, creating a refreshing and balanced combination.
  • Chocolate Delights:  The rich, nutty character of the Malmsey complements dark chocolate desserts beautifully. Try it with a decadent chocolate torte, a rich chocolate brownie, or a selection of dark chocolate truffles.
  • Cheese Platters:  Surprise your guests with an unexpected yet delightful pairing. The Malmsey's sweetness and complexity stand up well to strong cheeses, such as aged cheddar, Roquefort, or blue cheese. The contrast between sweet and savoury creates a truly intriguing taste sensation.
  • Creamy Endings: Crème brûlée, panna cotta, or a selection of soft cheeses drizzled with honey or fig jam find a perfect partner in Blandy's Ten Year Old Malmsey. The wine's richness and creamy texture create a luxurious and harmonious pairing.

Beyond the Dessert Course

While a dessert superstar, Blandy's Ten Year Old Malmsey can also be enjoyed on its own as an after-dinner treat.  For a truly sophisticated experience, savour the wine alongside a selection of dried fruits and nuts, allowing the complex flavours of the Malmsey to take centre stage.

Conclusion: A Timeless Treasure

Blandy's Ten Year Old Malmsey Madeira is more than just a dessert wine; it's an experience. Each sip unveils a rich tapestry of flavours, a testament to the expertise of the Blandy family and the unique terroir of Madeira. With its convenient 500ml size, this exceptional wine is perfect for sharing with loved ones or enjoying a luxurious solo indulgence. So, uncork a bottle, embark on a flavour journey, and discover the timeless treasure that is Blandy's Ten Year Old Malmsey Madeira.


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