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Blandy's 5 Year Old Verdelho Madeira 2006

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Verdelho is a medium-dry Madeira which is extremely versatile. Its tautness makes it capable of serving with dessert but five years in oak casks have also given it a soft delicate quality that may be best enjoyed when served lightly chilled.

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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; nearly 2 centuries of fine wine production, 1811 - 2003. The first Blandy to arrive on the island was John Blandy in 1807 at the age of 23. He was a quartermaster in General Beresford's army and was posted to Madeira to help defend the ... Read more
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; nearly 2 centuries of fine wine production, 1811 - 2003. The first Blandy to arrive on the island was John Blandy in 1807 at the age of 23. He was a quartermaster in General Beresford's army and was posted to Madeira to help defend the island from a possible attack by Napoleon. It was during this time that his interest in the Madeira wine trade grew, and after briefly returning to England in 1810 to marry Janet Burden, he finally settled on the island as a general trader in 1811. It was during the following years that the Blandy family became established on Madeira, not only through the wine trade, but also as managers and agents of ships and their cargo using Funchal as a port of call. John Blandy is also reputed to have made the first butter on the island at his Quinta de Santo Antonio da Serra in 1850, which he subsequently marketed in the local grocer's shop in Funchal. John Blandy's son Charles Ridpath Blandy, continued the business. During the disastrous oidium plague in 1852 it was he who had the foresight to buy up a great proportion of the stocks of old wine on the island, thus safeguarding his company's ability to continue selling fine Madeira. The Blandy family has played a leading role in the development of Madeira wine throughout its long history and in the economic development of this remote Atlantic Island. The family continues today to live on Madeira, maintaining a tradition that goes back to 1811. In 1925 Blandy's decided to join the Madeira Wine Association; a group of wine companies formed together to maximise global exposure and minimise overheads in a world where the export market was experiencing an all time low. Led by the Blandy family, this association managed to survive the bleak years whilst many individual companies fell by the wayside. In 1989 in order to further expand the global market, the Blandy's approached another Anglo-Portuguese family, the Symingtons of Oporto (Port producers since the 19th century) and offered them a partnership in the newly named Madeira Wine Company (MWC). Since 1989 sales of Blandy's Madeiras have more than doubled and Blandy's now enjoys a dominant position as the leading shipper of premium island-bottled Madeira. Blandy's remarkable record of sustained sales growth, with an average annual increase of 13% over the last five years, has spearheaded a strong revival in Madeira which has justly recovered its status as one of the world's great wines. In 1991, the entire Blandy's range of wines were presented with new and modern labels, this not only helped encourage new consumers to try these excellent wines but it also spurred other Madeira producers to up-date their own labels, helping Madeira to improve its image around the world. In 2000 the MWC again led the way with the introduction of a high quality but affordable Madeira of a single year (known as "Colheita" in Portuguese); "Blandy's Malmsey 1994 Harvest". This was the first dated Madeira ever launched other than the very expensive and rare Vintage Madeiras. Wine merchants and consumers in many countries welcomed this fresh new thinking for quality Madeiras. Since then many other Madeira producers have again followed the MWC lead by introducing younger dated wines, thus creating an important new category of premium Madeira. In July 2002, the MWC again launched a completely new style of Madeira with a radical presentation, "Blandy's Alvada". The wine is different to anything that has been produced before as it combines 2 noble grape varieties, Malmsey and Bual to arrive at a superbly balanced wine that combines the rich flavours of the Malmsey with the more complex and drier structure of the Bual. Once again the MWC has challenged the accepted wisdom. The company is again leading the way in the re-establishment of Madeira as one of the world's great wines. In 2007 the range has been completely redesigned with new labels and capsules. The distinctive split label and powerful Blandy’s logo have been retained and are now enhanced within a more contemporary, clean framework. The intention was to give the brand greater standout on shelf and a more premium appearance without abandoning the elements that have become widely recognized by Blandy’s customers. The packaging redesign could not come at a better time as Blandy’s enjoys growing prestige from consistently outstanding competition results and tasting reviews. Year after year Blandy’s wins the majority of medals and trophies awarded in the world’s most prestigious tasting events. In 2008, and for the third consecutive year, Blandy’s winemaker, Francisco Albuquerque, was awarded the coveted “Fortified Wine Maker of the Year” by the International Wine Challenge. In a repeat of the successes of the last two years, Blandy’s won the Madeira Trophy and four gold medals at the International Wine Challenge, two gold medals at the International Wine & Spirit Competition and the Madeira Trophy and Gold Medal at the Decanter Awards. Read less

Editorial Reviews for Blandy's 5 Year Old Verdelho Madeira

Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,954
3.50 5
12/29/2008

Fruity and floral on the nose with a minor hop tone. Notes of green hazelnuts and evasive suggestions of red fruit add detail and deoth though this turns decidedly more autumnal with a bit of decaying logs, earth, and a suggestion of tootsie roll. A touch sweet and climsy in the mouth with a solid, dark fruit character tinged with cocoa. Solid length but lacking complexity. 87pts


Snooth User: Gregory Dal Piaz
89065213,954
4.50 5
12/29/2008

Salty and seaweedy on the nose then nutty with notes of hazelnut and almond joined by a bit of animal glue. This evolves well revealing smoky, tarry,m anise tones with a touch of spearmint lingering above it all. Round and lush in the mouth with lovely integration. The mid-palate is juicy with lots of dark spice notes up front then preserved/dried orchard fruits across the mid-palate with a very nervous finish hinting gently of bay leaf. 92pts


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Snooth User: crazyda79
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5.00 5
Vintage: NV 03/12/2009

I am not much of a wine drinker but I do know what I like. I had this wine at a dinner over 5 years ago and this wine has been on my mind since then. A smooth taste that is quenching enough for someone who doesn't like wine much.


External Reviews for Blandy's 5 Year Old Verdelho Madeira

External Review
Source: Salute! Wine Market
02/12/2009

Verdelho is a medium dry Madeira which is extremely versatile. Its tautness makes it suitable for serving with dessert but five years oak casks have also given it a soft delicate quality which may be best enjoyed when served lightly chilled.


External Review
Vintage: NV 05/12/2010

Clear, topaz colour, with a golden rim.Complex nose, revealing a fresh bouquet withraisins, dried fruits, wood and spices.


External Review
Vintage: NV 07/11/2011

Orange, amber color. Smoky, bright nose features orange peel. Moderately rich and intensely flavored, with lively acidity. Finishes subtle and long, with a persistent fruity quality.


External Review
Vintage: NV 07/11/2007

Soft and delicate, with five years in oak, this golden-colored Verdelho offers tangy, nutty aromas of dried flowers and peaches. A medium-dry, versatile Madeira, it can be served chilled as an apéritif or with dessert, preferably a slice of cake.


External Review
Vintage: NV 07/11/2011

Deep burnt amber. Medium-bodied. Balanced acidity. Dried flowers and peaches, nuts. Tangy aromas lead into a juicy assertive palate with nutty notes through the finish. Sweetness is well integhrated.


External Review
Vintage: NV 03/03/2010

Blandy's 5 Year Old Verdelho Madeira NV 750ML


External Review
Vintage: NV 01/13/2012

The elegant fruit qualities of this medium-dry Madeira make it equally suitable as an aperitif or dessert wine. Ideally paired with cream-based or heavier soups such as tomato bisque, crab, and cheese. - Winery ** SOLD OUT **


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Verdelho is a medium-dry Madeira which is extremely versatile. Its tautness makes it capable of serving with dessert but five years in oak casks have also given it a soft delicate quality that may be best enjoyed when served lightly chilled.

Wine Specs:

Sugar: 78 grams per liter

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