Sunday, 10 January 2016

1968 Verdelho, Blandy´s

This was meant to finish New Years of, but sickness got in the way, so instead of two days decanting, it got seven before I tasted it. But since Madeira is virtually indestructible, it was only in its favour to breathe for that extra days.

1968 Verdelho, Blandy´s
The nose is just beautiful, pretty open and at the same time deep as the Mariana Thrench, with stunning notes of dried orange peel, dried apricots, old milk chocolate, Islay whiskey and brazil nuts. Very complex, deep and fine. Some dry fudge and tangerines. Layers upon layers. Very, very fine.
The taste is tight and focused for a 47 year old wine, but in Madeira terms, this is a youngster. It showcases fine notes of dried apricots, tangerines, figs, old chocolate, nuts and some detergent. The finish goes on for minutes and the acidity is high and mighty.  Very expressive. This will fun to sip on a small glass for time to time over the next couple of months.
94p   (tasted 2016/01)

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