Blandy's Duke of Clarence is a 3 year old rich style of Madeira produced using Tinta Negra, the islands only red grape variety. It is golden brown in colour and has fabulous aromas of honey and raisins. It is the perfect after dinner drink or pairs well with cake in the afternoon!
Blandy’s was established in 1808 by John Blandy and is the only Madeira producer left on the island that is still owned and run by the founding family. Things have moved on over 7 generations and Blandy’s is today at the forefront of modern technology aimed at producing approachable wines for today’s tastes that don’t compromise on quality. Their three-year-old range, which includes the UK’s leading Madeira label, Blandy’s ‘Duke of Clarence’, is now produced at their new state-of- the-art winery in Caniçal (on the South Eastern tip of the island).Here they have employed the latest ‘estufagem’ technology which heats the wine in stainless steel tanks using external hot water jackets. This is much softer than other methods which utilise tanks heated internally by hot water coils. After four months in the estufas the wines undergo two years oxidative ageing in oak.