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Blandy's Terrantez 1980

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750ML / 21% ABV
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750ML / 21% ABV

Winemaker Notes

This medium rich madeira is auburn in color with scents of orange zest and citrus on the nose. A medium sweet harmony of dried fruits, honeycomb and spices persists in balance with deeper tones of earth and wood-smoke. A magnificent, complex madeira with a long, elegant and fresh finish.

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W&S 96
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Terrantez was near extinction when the Blandy family planted a small plot at Quinta de Santa Luzia in Funchal in 2004. Along with a few other recent plantings, there are now five acres of the variety on the island. This wine would have come off the Torrebella estate, which Richard Mayson described as a sanctuary for the terrantez grape in his article on the variety (W&S 2/16), a vineyard that was broken up after the 1974 revolution and much of it sold for real estate. As Mayson wrote, “Francisco Albuquerque, winemaker for the Madeira Wine Company, which includes Blandy and Cossart Gordon, recalls that the last commercial crop of terrantez was harvested as recently as 1988, shortly before the land was commandeered for a new shopping center.” The variety has an uncanny ability to produce wines that are both voluptuous and brisk, this one rich with caramel, maple syrup, lemon meringue and beach rose scents, salty with a sandy abrasion to the light tannins and completely fresh as it closes in on 40 years of age, with notes of lime adding tension. This bottle might be an investment, but if you recork it and store it in the fridge, it will last for months after you open it…though, of course, once you open it, it will continue to extend conversation late into the night and there’s no guarantee there will be anything left in the bottle.
WS 96
Wine Spectator
This is rich, with racy cut driving the clove, dark tea, bitter orange, date, walnut and hazelnut aromas and flavors. Ends on a note of buckwheat honey, staying dry.
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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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Best known for intense, impressive and age-worthy fortified wines, Portugal relies almost exclusively on its many indigenous grape varieties. Bordering Spain to its north and east, and the Atlantic Ocean on its west and south coasts, this is a land where tradition reigns supreme, due to its relative geographical and, for much of the 20th century, political isolation. A long and narrow but small country, Portugal claims considerable diversity in climate and wine styles, with milder weather in the north and significantly more rainfall near the coast.

While Port (named after its city of Oporto on the Atlantic Coast at the end of the Douro Valley), made Portugal famous, Portugal is also an excellent source of dry red and white Portuguese wines of various styles.

The Douro Valley produces full-bodied and concentrated dry red Portuguese wines made from the same set of grape varieties used for Port, which include Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz (Spain’s Tempranillo), Touriga Franca, Tinta Barroca and Tinto Cão, among a long list of others in minor proportions.

Other dry Portuguese wines include the tart, slightly effervescent Vinho Verde white wine, made in the north, and the bright, elegant reds and whites of the Dão as well as the bold, and fruit-driven reds and whites of the southern, Alentejo.

The nation’s other important fortified wine, Madeira, is produced on the eponymous island off the North African coast.

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