Blandy's Madeira Colheita Malmsey Single Harvest (500ML) 1999 Front Label
Blandy's Madeira Colheita Malmsey Single Harvest (500ML) 1999 Front LabelBlandy's Madeira Colheita Malmsey Single Harvest (500ML) 1999 Front Bottle Shot

Blandy's Madeira Colheita Malmsey Single Harvest (500ML) 1999

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500ML / 20% ABV
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Winemaker Notes

Blandy’s Malmsey 1999 was aged for 16 years in seasoned American oak casks and as with all the family’s vintages, this wine started its ageing process in the warm high attic floors of the lodge in the centre of Funchal. Over the 16 years, the wine passed down from the warmer top floor of the Blandy’s Wine Lodges, the "Sotão de Amendoa" where it spent the first 5 years, to the second floor for 7 years and finally to the cooler first for the remaining 4 years. The art of finding the right balance between concentration and the freshness of the wine lies in the winemaker’sdecision when to transfer the wine to the lower cooler north facing floors of the lodge.

This wine should be stored up right in a dark room with constant temperature, ideally no higher than 16ºC. As the wine is completely stabilized, it is recommended to pull the cork at least 2 day before enjoying this wine. Decanting will help remove any deposit that may have occurred in bottle over time.

Critical Acclaim

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WS 94
Wine Spectator
The aromas and flavors of hazelnut, butterscotch, white chocolate and egg cream are lush and seductive. The elegant finish echoes with citrus and spice notes, along with plenty of dried tropical accents. Drink now through 2050.
D 92
This was bottled in 2015, with 130g/L residual sugar. It's as fresh as a daisy, with gorgeous salty sweetness, coffee and candied fruit notes. Full-bodied, it's perfect for the season – pour a glass and settle before the fire with a good book. Or enjoy with a slice of Christmas cake.
RP 90
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Bottled in 2015, Blandy's 1999 Colheita Malmsey is showing well, opening in the glass with aromas of mocha, toasted pecans, candied dates and muscovado sugar. On the palate, it's full-bodied, sweet and fleshy, with ripe acids and a long, discreetly oak-inflected finish. This is a nicely integrated Malmsey.

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John Blandy first set foot on Madeira in 1807. In 1989, the Symington family became partners with the Blandy family and is helping to reinvigorate the Madeira trade. Grapes are grown in volcanic soil and hand harvested due to steeply terraced cliffs. The resulting wines are highly acidic and were found by historical accident to benefit from being heated - a process that would destroy any other wine. Originally, Madeiras were heated by the sun, stored in casks on the decks of boats exploring the world during the 18th century. Today, Madeiras are heated in a process called “estufagem,” which gives them great concentration and an incredible capacity to age while retaining some of the vibrant acidity unique to these wines.

The Blandy family is 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. Throughout its long history on the island, the family has played a leading role in the development of Madeira wine throughout its long history. Members of the family continues to live on Madeira, maintaining a tradition that goes back to 1811; 2 centuries of fine wine production.

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A steep, volcanic island in the Atlantic Ocean that rises to over 6,000 feet at its highest point, Madeira actually sits closer to Morocco than Portugal, the country to which it belongs.

Today the vineyards of the island cover tiny step-like terraces called poios, carved from the basalt bedrock. Aptly named Madeira, this fortified wine comes in two main styles. Blended Madeira is mostly inexpensive wine but there are a few remarkable aged styles. Single varietal Madeira (made from Sercial, Verdelho, Boal or Malmsey), is usually the highest quality and has the potential to improve in the bottle for decades.

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