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10 Year Old Bual, Blandy's

10 Year Old Bual, Blandy's
ref. BLANBUA

Wine Variety: It transpires that the word Boal (or Bual in English) more accurately describes a style of madeira (in richness, between Verdelho and Malmsey) than a grape variety. This is because there are a number of varieties used for the production of Boal madeira and a number of varieties that include the word Boal in their titles, but are unrelated. The noblest of them - and the one used for the production of the best madeiras - is Boal Cachudo which has been found (via DNA analysis) to be identical to the Malvasia Fina grown in the Douro Valley (Malvasia itself covers a range of sub-varieties more or less related). Are we clear??

Wine Region:A  Portuguese-owned island off the north-west coast of Africa, Madeira was used as a staging post by ships travelling to the four corners of the world. Ships watered and victualled when calling at the island and, in the late 17th century, started loading barrels of madeira wine - perhaps as ballast - for the journey to India. It was quickly discovered that wine from barrels that had journeyed through the tropics was better than that from those that that hadn't. When this activity become impractical in the 19th century, madeira houses started replicating the process in specially built ovens called estufas. The best madeiras, however, are made by exposing the barrels to the sun by open windows in the winery.

Wine Producer: Blandys have been on the island of Madeira since 1811 and are erstwhile owners of the famous Reid's Hotel. In the disastrous outbreak of powdery mildew in 1852, Charles Blandy bought up vast stocks of mature madeira wine, thereby assuring the success and reputation of the Blandy family. The Madeira Wine Company in which the Blandy family came to have a majority stakeholding brought together all the British shippers on the island in the early 20th century. Control of that organisation was acquired by the Symington family - major producers of port wine - in the 1980s.

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Style
Style:
not specified
  Grape Variety
Grape Variety:
not specified
  Producer
Producer:
Blandy's
  Serving Temperature
Serving Temperature:
16°C
Alcohol Content
Alcohol Content:
19%
  Country
Country:
Madeira
  Appellation
Appellation:
not specified
  Drink By Date
Drink By:
not specified
Bottle Size
Bottle Size:
50cl
  Region
Region:
not specified
  Colour
Colour:
not specified
  Food
Food:
  • Cheese
  • Puddings

wine tasting notesTasting Notes:

Quite a deep coppery brown, with a distinct olive cast. This has something of the fresh mushroom skin about it, plus a delicious walnut character. Dark, raisined fruit, almost like a Pedro Ximinez sherry. This is dark; raisins macerated in alcohol. Then that incisive minerality and a profound freshness. Phenolic. Really rich, but vibrant. Great thrust of a finish makes this almost painful and requests something on which to nibble, possibly some very old gouda.

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