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100% Malmsey (Malvasia) - Madeira, Portugal
Pale, bright topaz color with a golden tinge, fresh with dry fruit, wood and citrus flavors with a fresh and nutty persistent finish.
Blandy's 5 year old Malmsey was aged in American oak casks in the traditional 'Canteiro' system. This comprises of the gentle heating of the wine in the lofts of the lodges in Funchal. Over the years the wine is transferred from the top floors to the middle floors and eventually to the ground floor where it is cooler. After this gradual 'estufagem' the wine underwent racking and fining before the blend was assembled and bottled.
Blandy's 5 year old Malmsey underwent fermentation off the skins with natural yeast at temperatures between 18°C -21°C in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. After approximately 48 hours, fortification with grape brandy takes place, arresting fermentation at the desired degree of sweetness.