|Winery:||Blandy's Madeira - (Grupo Symington)|
|Region:||Portugal » Madeira|
Blandy's Madeira - (Grupo Symington)
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 Read more »
Starts off very high toned and fresh on the nose with scents of dried cactus, dried citrus peel, light molasses tones with a sulfury edge and grace notes of soapy florals. Lively and layered in the mouth with a bit sottobsco and spice box attack then p...
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Bual (or Boal) is a grape variety used in Madeira production. It is the second sweetest of the four noble Madeira gra...
History of the grape: Verdelho has existed on the island of Madeira in Portugal at least as far back as the 15th cent...
History of the grape: Malvasia is one of those rabbit-like vines that likes to procreate, often spontaneously. For th...
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