Various quality vineyards including Sao Jorge at altitudes between 150-200m.
Blandy's 15 year old Rich Malmsey underwent fermentation off the skins with natural yeast at temperatures between 18°C - 21°C in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. After approximately 48 hours, fortification with grape brandy takes place, arresting fermentation at the desired degree of sweetness.
Blandy’ s 15 Y ear Old Malmsey was aged for 15 years in seasoned American oak casks in the traditional ‘Canteiro’ system, whereby the casks of this wine are gradually transferred from the top floors of the lodge, where it is naturally warmer, to the middle floors and eventually to the ground floor where it is cooler. During this totally natural ageing, the wine underwent regular racking before finally being bottled.
Alcohol: 19% ABV pH: 3.6 Residual Sugar: 125 g/l Total Acidity: 7 g/l tartaric acid
SERVING & CELLARAGE
Blandy's 15 year old Malmsey is fined and does not require decanting. It is a superb accompaniment to dessert dishes, especially fruit, cakes, rich chocolate puddings and cheeses. It has been bottled when ready for drinking and will keep for several months after opening.
Gold Medal, IWC 1998, 1999 & 2002 Silver Medal, IWC 2005 Silver Medal, IWSC 2005 Gold Medal, IWC 2006
“Colour of strong coffee, with a strong coffee, with a fine balance of sweetness and acidity. At this age, the wine’s sweetness is slightly subdued, so the grape character begins to come through with considerable complexity. The expected nuttiness is amplified with hints of dried citrus peel on the very long finish”. Lyn Farmer, The Wine News March 2001
Clear, dark golden brown with very strong legs. Characteristic bouquet with complex dried fruits and wood, toffee and vanilla. Sweet, smooth, full bodied, complex, and a long finish of nuts and dark chocolate