The Verdelho grapes are fermented off the skins for about four days and therefore the wine is sweeter than the Sercial. With a average age of about 10 years in cask the wine becomes very concentrated and develops spicy and dried fruit characters with warm marmalade flavours.
Blandy’s 10 year old Verdelho is a blend of wines with an average of 10 years in seasoned American oak casks. The wines were aged at the family’s Lodge in Funchal in the traditional ‘Canteiro’ system, whereby the wine is gradually transferred from the higher floors where the temperatures are higher, to the middle floors and eventually to the ground floor where temperatures are cooler. The process of transferring the barrels is absolutely critical to ensure the right balance of ullage and concentration. All through the ageing process, the primary fruit flavours of the wine are gently transformed into tertiary dried fruit notes that produce unique Madeira hallmark bouquet.