Blandy's Duke of Clarence Madeira

19.25 15.91
Type of Wine Madeira
Country Madeira
Region Divers
Winery Blandy
Grape Blend Rood
Content (Alc) 0.75 ltr (19%)
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The Blandy's house dates from 1811 and is still in the hands of the original family. In 1925, Blandy's joined the Madeira Wine Association, with the aim of presenting itself more efficiently on the world market. The sales figures doubled after a partnership with the Symington Family in Oporto. Blandy's belongs to the only family where the company has remained in original family hands. The Blandy family still plays a leading role in the quality development of Madeira.

Blandy's is today known as a leader in innovation and quality improvement. Around 200,000 people visit the wine cellars every year. In 1991 all bottles of madeira were given a completely new design. The more modern labeling also encouraged other producers to innovate. Every year it leaves many competitors behind. For three consecutive years, winemaker, Francisco Albuquerque, received the honorary title, "Fortified Winemaker of the Year." During the International Wine & Spirit Competition 2009, Blandy's was named "Best Portuguese Wine Producer." This year (2011), Blandy's is celebrating its 200th anniversary as an independently operating Madeira House.

The Blandy's Madeira is made 100% from the Tinta Negra Mole. The vines grow on volcanic rock, composed of vineyards located in the northern part, near São Vicente and the southern part at Camarade Lobos. Vineyard location at 200 meters above sea level.

The fermentation process of this Madeira takes place (temperature 24 ° C - 26 ° C) on stainless steel using natural yeast cells. After about 2 days, the fermenting must is enriched with wine alcohol, as a result of which the fermentation stops and the madeira retains part of its natural residual sugars. After the fermentation process, the wine is transferred to tanks, called estufa. The tanks are gradually heated by means of running water which flows in pipes between and along the barrels ((45 ° C and 50 ° C). This process takes 3 months, after which the wine - after 3 months of cooling - is transferred to barrels made of American oak and continues to mature until bottling.

In the glass, the Blandy's Duke of Clarence is deep brown with gold-colored reflection. Aromas of honey and raisins. Powerful Madeira style with a velvety, soft fruit flavor. Very suitable as a digestif. The Duke of Clarence has already received many fine awards including the Silver Medal, IWC 2003 Bronze Medal, IWSC 2003. The Blandy's Duke of Clarence Madeira is a perfect dessert wine and is an excellent accompaniment to dried fruit, fruit cake, chocolate pudding, soft cheeses.

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Blandy's house dates back to 1811 and is still in the hands of the original family to this day. In 1925, Blandy’s joined the Madeira Wine Association with the aim of raising its profile in the world market more efficiently. Sales figures doubled after a partnership with the Symington Family in Oporto. Blandy's belongs to the only family where the company has remained in original family hands. The Blandy family continues to play a leading role in Madeira's quality development.

The Blandy's brand owes its name to the Englishman John Blandy, who established himself as a trader in Madeira wines on the island in 1810. His son, Charles Ridpath Blandy, succeeded his father in the company. In 1925 the Blandy family joined the Madeira Wine Association, a group of independent producers. The aim was to trade jointly and strengthen the market position. Day-to-day management came into the hands of the Blandy family. In order to gain more international fame, it was decided in 1989 to enter into a new partnership with the respected Symington family. For generations, the Symington family has been one of the best known and most successful port producers. The company name changed to the Madeira Wine Company.

Blandy's is known today as a leader in innovation and quality improvement. About 200,000 people visit the wine cellars every year. In 1991 all bottles of Madeira got a completely new livery. More modern labeling also stimulated other producers to innovate.

In 2000, Blandy's introduced a new style of Madeira from a single harvest year, Blandy's Malmsey 1994 Harvest. This type of Madeira can best be translated as a Late Bottled Vintage style. With this, Blandy broke with the tradition of only marketing very old, exclusive year of Madeira. This new type of Madeira is now very successful. Another revolutionary product is Blandy's Alvada, which is composed of two grape varieties: Bual and Malmsey. Blandy's Madeira rivals the most prestigious wines in the world.

It leaves many competitors behind every year. For three consecutive years, winemaker Francisco Albuquerque received the honorary title of “Fortified Winemaker of the Year at the London International Wine Challenge.” At the 2009 International Wine & Spirit Competition, Blandy's was named, “Best Portuguese Wine Producer.” This year (2011) Blandy's celebrates its 200th anniversary as an independently operating Madeira house.

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Type of Wine Madeira
Country Madeira
Region Divers
Winery Blandy
Grape Blend Rood
Biological No
Vegan No
Alcohol % 19
Alcohol free/low No
Content 0.75 ltr
Oak aging Yes
Sparkling No
Dessert wine Yes
Closure Cork
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