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Blandy's Malmsey Colheita Single Harvest Madeira 1999

Madeira from Madeira
Extraordinary freshness from the exquisite balance between 130 grams of residual sugar and eight grams of acidity, and bottling only in 2015. A wine of great complexity, showing the 'typical herbaceous notes' of the malvasia grape, according to Chris Blandy, its hints of incense making this the perfect 'contemplation' wine.
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Code: MA471

Wine characteristics

  • Madeira
  • 8 - Very sweet
  • Malvasia
  • 20% Alcohol
  • No oak influence
  • Now to 2049
  • Stopper cork, ie sherry

Madeira Wine Company

The Madeira Wine Company has come a long way since it was formed in 1913: today, it accounts for around 35% of the island’s total Madeira production.

It began as the joint venture of two producers who wanted to survive a bleak economic period by pooling their resources and reducing costs. They formed the Madeira Wine Association, and over the years several other companies joined them to brave the increasingly competitive and costly market.

One of the most notable additions was Blandy’s, who came on board in 1925, at the same time as Leacock’s. Along with Cossart Gordon and Co, who joined in 1953, and Rutherford and Miles, these four companies today make up the main brands associated with the company’s premium Madeira production.

Blandy’s is the company that has had by far the most involvement in the running of organisation, perhaps due to its significant experience: the only remaining Madeira company that is still family-run, in 2011 it celebrated 200 years of production, having made a considerable contribution to the history and development of Madeira.

John Ernest Blandy became chairman of the Madeira Wine Company in 1925. His right-hand man was a previous Blandy’s manager, Thomas L Mullins, who instilled in the union a spirit of keeping each company true to its own style while reducing overheads. This ethos exists to this day, which is perhaps why the organisation has lasted as long as it has.

The Madeira Wine Association didn’t become The Madeira Wine Company until 1981. By...
The Madeira Wine Company has come a long way since it was formed in 1913: today, it accounts for around 35% of the island’s total Madeira production.

It began as the joint venture of two producers who wanted to survive a bleak economic period by pooling their resources and reducing costs. They formed the Madeira Wine Association, and over the years several other companies joined them to brave the increasingly competitive and costly market.

One of the most notable additions was Blandy’s, who came on board in 1925, at the same time as Leacock’s. Along with Cossart Gordon and Co, who joined in 1953, and Rutherford and Miles, these four companies today make up the main brands associated with the company’s premium Madeira production.

Blandy’s is the company that has had by far the most involvement in the running of organisation, perhaps due to its significant experience: the only remaining Madeira company that is still family-run, in 2011 it celebrated 200 years of production, having made a considerable contribution to the history and development of Madeira.

John Ernest Blandy became chairman of the Madeira Wine Company in 1925. His right-hand man was a previous Blandy’s manager, Thomas L Mullins, who instilled in the union a spirit of keeping each company true to its own style while reducing overheads. This ethos exists to this day, which is perhaps why the organisation has lasted as long as it has.

The Madeira Wine Association didn’t become The Madeira Wine Company until 1981. By this point, although Blandy’s were still running the company, it knew that even its wealth of experience wasn’t enough to achieve the worldwide distribution it needed. The team sought the help of renowned port brand Symington’s, with whom the company formed a partnership in 1989.

It wasn’t just the Madeira Wine Company’s distribution needs that Symington’s met – they also advised the various producers involved on their branding, and brought production methods at the company’s winery to modern, state-of-the-art standards. In 2000, the Madeira Wine Company completed a huge renovation project to improve its blending and storage facilities.

Although Symington’s is still involved with the company, Blandy’s took control again in 2011, with the appointment of Chris Blandy as chief executive. Since taking over again, Blandy’s has overseen the purchase of the company’s first vineyards: although, as is the norm, most of its grapes come from selected growers across the island, the company now has a few select plots of its own.

The wine is all made at the company’s winery in Mercês, where the team also have a cooperage to make all its own casks. Winemaking is overseen by the award-winning Francisco Albequerque, who expertly manages to produce each of the four leading brands in their respective individual styles.

When it comes to maturation, the company ages a large portion of its oldest wines using the traditional canteiro system, whereby wines are gently warmed in the lofts of the winery. Although this natural method isn’t suitable for younger wines, such as The Society’s Full Rich Madeira, it is perhaps a testament to how dearly the company holds its rich and long heritage.
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1999 vintage reviews

JancisRobinson.com

Pale orange. Gorgeousamalgam of green fruit, smoke and sweet macerated citrus-peel. Stunning! Greatlift. Chewy.

17.5/20 Jancis Robinson

The Daily Telegraph

... one of those wines that stopped me in my tracks – or, rather, in my journey to the spittoon. I realise that this is a lot to spend on a bottle but it is a real wow, made from the malmsey...
... one of those wines that stopped me in my tracks – or, rather, in my journey to the spittoon. I realise that this is a lot to spend on a bottle but it is a real wow, made from the malmsey grape, sweet and yet with incredible freshness and precision and complexity. It’s one to pour on a dark night as we contemplate what comes next after an extremely tricky year.
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- Victoria Moore

The Mail on Sunday

Liquid Christmascake, one of the finest fortified wines out there.

- Olly Smith

Decanter

This was bottled in2015 with 130g/l residual sugar. It's as fresh as a daisy, with gorgeous saltysweetness, coffee and candied fruit notes. Full-bodied, it's perfect for theseason - pour a glass...
This was bottled in2015 with 130g/l residual sugar. It's as fresh as a daisy, with gorgeous saltysweetness, coffee and candied fruit notes. Full-bodied, it's perfect for theseason - pour a glass and settle before the fire with a good book. Or enjoywith a slice of Christmas cake.
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- Amy Wislocki

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