Blandy's Sercial Madeira Colheita 2002
(Madeira, Portugal) [500ml] - [WE 94] [WS 92]

Regular price $57.00 Sale price $48.97 Save $8.03

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About the Wine:
Clear, golden color with topaz reflections. Complex and intense notes of honey, nutmeg and toasted wood aromas. On the palate, well balanced and dry with a long, spicy finish and a lingering freshness.

The 2002 harvest was defined by the pruning date as those who pruned earlier suffered a reduction in volume of approximately 30%, compared to those who pruned in late March. Overall the production of the Sercial was of very low volume, particularly from our growers on the north, but the warm weather and low humidity ensured that the fruit grown high in the mountains on the south of the island benefited from perfect conditions, enabling the farmers to leave the fruit on the vine for longer, allowing for further development.

Blandy’s Colheita Sercial 2002 was aged for 14years in seasoned American oak casks in the traditional ‘Canteiro’ system, whereby the wine is gently heated by warm air in the lofts of the family’s south-facing lodge in Funchal. Over the years the wine passed down from the warmest top floor of the lodge, the “Sotão de Amêndoa”, to the middle floor, where it remained until 2008. After this the wine moved to the ground floor where it remained until being bottled in 2016. The art of finding the right balance between concentration and freshness of the wine lies in the winemaker’s decision of when to transfer the wine to the lower, cooler north-facing floors of the lodge.

This wine should be stored upright in a dark room with a constant temperature, ideally no higher than 16ºC. As Madeira wine does not oxidise once bottled, we recommend opening at least 2 days before drinking. Decanting will help remove any deposit that may have built up in the bottle over time. The wine should be enjoyed at a temperature no higher than 15ºC.

Ratings & Reviews

94 Points - Wine Enthusiast Magazine:
"Sercial produces the driest style of Madeira. This is certainly a dry wine that gets its richness from concentration and the wood aging. It has spice and old-wood taste as well as wonderfully perfumed spirits and candied lemon. Drink now. Roger Voss" - (6/1/2017)

92 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine:
"Racy, with a dry edge thanks to an almond husk accent that runs alongside the singed orange peel, salted caramel and sandalwood notes. Light ginger and green tea hints thread the finish, which stays on the dry side. Drink now. 220 cases made." - JM (Issue Jun 15, 2017)