Blandy's 15yo Malmsey undergoes fermentation off the skins with natural yeast at temperatures between 18°C -21°C in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. Approximately after 48 hours, fortification with grape brandy takes place, arresting fermentation at the desired degree of sweetness.
Blandy’s Malmsey 15 Years Old is a blend of different wines which aged an average of 15 years in seasoned American oak casks at the Blandy’s Wine Lodge in Funchal. The ageing was done in the traditional ‘Canteiro’ system, whereby the wine is gradually transferred from the higher lodges’ attics, where the natural warmth of the sun contributes to the concentration of the wines, and temperatures are higher, to the middle floors, where temperatures are milder, and eventually, to the ground floor where temperatures are cooler. During this ageing, the wine underwent regular racking, and before finally being bottled, all wines are fined. All through the ageing process, the primary fruit flavors of the wine are gently transformed into tertiary dried fruit notes that produce Madeira unique hallmark bouquet.
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.
Blandy's15 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.
The Wine Spectator –February 2016 –93 Points