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Blandy’s - Duke of Clarence - Rich Madeira wine 75cl

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  • A classic fortified wine produced on the island of Madeira. Famed for its unrivalled capacity to age (you can still find Madeira wines from the 1700s) and ability to stay fresh once opened.
  • 2 centuries of fine wine production. Family owned since 1811, Blandy's are the only founding family of the madeira wine trade to still own and manage their original company.
  • Unrivalled performance at the international wine competitions - 7 producer trophies (including "best Portuguese wine producer"), 14 best in category wine trophies and 76 gold medals.
  • Duke of Clarence is a sweet style of Madeira - perfect served chilled with caramel, nutty or chocolate desserts and cheeses.
  • Aged an average of 3 years, made from the islands indigenous 'Tinta Negra' grape variety.
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Technical Details
Package Dimensions42 x 11.6 x 11 cm
Item model numberLive in Morrisons
Volume750 ml
Storage InstructionsCool Dry Place
Country of originMadeira, Madeira
Alcohol Content19 % Vol
Age Range Description18 and up
Package InformationBottle
Serving Size100 Grams
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Customer Reviews 4.9 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
Best Sellers Rank 1,429 in Grocery (See top 100)
Shipping Weight1.5 Kg
Date First Available29 Nov. 2010
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The Blandy family are unique as they are the only family of all the original founders of the Madeira wine trade to still own and manage their original wine company. Throughout its long history, the family has played a leading role in the development of Madeira wine. They continue to live and work on the island, maintaining a tradition that goes back to 1811; 2 centuries of fine wine production.

Madeira wine is famed for its unparalleled ability to age. At Blandy's wines are still ageing from 1920 and there are bottles dating back to the late 1700s. They are also famous for their ability to remain fresh (almost indefinitely) once opened. This is thanks to the unique maturation process it undergoes and the high acidity of the wines, the latter of which gives them a fresh zingy character.

Madeira wine is naturally heated in old oak casks by the sub-tropical climate of Madeira. This process caramelises the sugars and concentrates the wines flavours through evaporation (in the first 4-5 years up to 7% of wine is lost). In addition, the extended cask ageing allows the wines to “breathe” by slowly exposing them to oxygen. It is this heat, oxygen contact & concentration of the wine that produce madeira’s classic complex flavours of caramel, toffee, rich dried fruit and a hint of nuts.

This production method was originally discovered by accident aboard sailing ships in the 15th and 16th Century. It was on one particular round trip to India, that barrels of madeira wine in the ships hold were found to greatly improve in flavour after they had crossed the equator 4 times. For many years shippers would deliberately subject the wines to the heat of the tropics on these long voyages to produce the Madeira wine style. They were known “Vinho da roda” (round trip wines). The advent of steam driven ships drastically shortened the maturation times, which together with the mounting costs of shipping meant all production was moved to wine lodges on the island.

Today Madeira is produced in a variety of drier and sweeter styles. The drier styles make for a great aperitif, while the sweeter richer styles are the perfect after dinner drink. They are also fantastic with desserts, cheeses & fine cigars. We recommend you serve your Madeira chilled

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Blandy's Duke of Clarence Blandy's Alvada 5 year old Blandy's 10 year old Bual Blandy's 2008 Harvest Malmsey Blandy's 30 year old Bual Blandy's 1977 Terrantez vintage
In a nutshell The UK’s bestselling Madeira A unique and contemporary blend Complex and sophisticated A rich yet fresh vintage wine A luxurious and deeply complex blend The 'crème de la crème' of Madeira wine
Discover The perfect wine for those who are new to Madeira A highly innovative blend of the island's rich white grape varietals - Bual and Malmsey Madeira's medium sweet grape varietal - Bual. Aged for 10 years to build complexity and smoothness Madeira's richest grape varietal - Malmsey. A single harvest wine from 2008 Aged for an average of 30 years in old oak casks, this medium sweet Bual offers intense complexity One of the world's rarest grape varietals - aged for an incredible 38 years in old oak casks (bottled in 2015)
Colour Deep golden brown Golden chestnut with a fine gold rim Amber with tinges of gold Dark amber Dark golden amber Golden amber
Aromas Honey and raisins Dried fruits, toffee with hints of oak and spices Raisins, butterscotch and vanilla Fine floral tea, dried fruits and toffee Citrus peel, dried apricot Toffee apple, dried figs, vanilla and spice
On the palate A rich full bodied wine with flavours of dried fruits and caramel Sweet, rich and full bodied with flavours of figs, raisins and caramel and a long finish of honey and nuts Medium sweet and full-bodied with flavours of maple syrup, figs, caramel and walnuts Rich and full bodied with dried fruit, toffee, vanilla and honey flavours Lush, rich and creamy with decadent flavours of spices, citrus peel, dried apricot and baked peach Fresh and powerful flavours of dried apricot and mango with smoky and nutty notes on its incredibly long finish
Occasions and pairing Serve chilled with desserts, especially fruit cakes and chocolate puddings. Also cheeses Serve chilled with desserts, especially fruit cakes and chocolate puddings. Also cheeses Serve chilled with pate or cheeses. Also desserts, especially crème brulee and apple strudel Serve chilled with cheeses. Also desserts, especially dark chocolate desserts and treacle pie An essential accompaniment to any cheeseboard or with caramel and nutty desserts. Or just as a dessert in itself A wine for contemplation, the perfect digestif. Alternatively an excellent accompaniment to desserts, cheeses and fine cigars

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