Blandy's Sercial 1968
Blandy’s Sercial 1968 was aged for 49 years in seasoned American oak casks and as with all the family’s vintages, this wine started its ageing process in the warm high attic floors of the lodge in the centre of Funchal. Over the 49 years, the wine passed down from the warmer top floor of the Blandy’s Wine Lodges, the “Sotão de Amendoa” to the lower, cooler, north-facing floors of the building.
Mid-deep amber in hue with an olive green glint on the rim; fine, lifted slightly smoky, savoury – aperitif nose; dry with rapier-like power and intensity, a streak of acidity leading to a mouthwateringly fresh greengage finish yielding to a touch of savoury complexity. Very pure expression of Sercial with a freshness that belies nearly 50 years in cask.
This wine should be stored upright in a dark room with constant temperature, ideally no higher than 16ºC. Decanting will help remove any deposit that may have occurred in bottle over time. Best served at 16ºC