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Blandy’s 1988 Malmsey Madeira

Blandy’s 1988 Malmsey MadeiraIts first vintage release since 2009, Madeira producer Blandy’s unveiled its 1988 Malmsey at the Big Fortified Tasting in London late last month.

Aged in American oak for a quarter of a century, the fortified wine started its ageing process in the “Almond Attic” on the fourth floor in Blandy’s lodges in Funchal, where it remained until 1991.

It was then placed on the second floor for two years before spending the remaining 20 years on the first floor of the lodges. With only 1,589 bottles produced, seventh generation family member and CEO of the company Chris Blandy is understandably fired up about the release, dubbing it “one of the great Malmseys of its time”.

He said: “We were excited about the potential of this wine when our winemaker presented it to the board last year, but we held onto it for a year after bottling to round out the prominent acidity.”

RRP: £230.
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