Blandy's Bual 2003 Single Harvest Madeira

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Topaz colour with a golden green nuance. Complex and intense aromas of figs, dried fruits, spices, toasted wood and old brandy. Medium rich, very fresh and vibrant with a long luxurious finish with salty tanginess and spicy notes with a hint of exotic wood and candied fruits.

Aging- Blandy’s Colheita Bual 2003 was aged for 13 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 xx 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 x years, to the second floor for x years and finally to the cooler first for the remaining x years. The art of finding the right balance between concentration and the freshness of the wine lies in the winemaker’s decision when to transfer the wine to the lower cooler north facing floors of the lodge.
Varietal- The 2003 harvest was an unusually dry one, experiencing just one day of rain in August and not a single drop more until October. For this reason it is widely considered to have been an exceptional year. It proved to be especially propitious for Bual, with a large production of the grape. Overall, 2003 was considered to have been excellent for the varietal.