Blandys Madeira Rainwater
GRAPE VARIETIES Tinta Negra Mole. VINEYARDS Various quality vineyards grown at between 300m and 400m on the north of the island near Sao Vicente. The vines are planted on terraced slopes with volcanic soil made up of dark clay and grit (Terra Grossa)and heavy clayey earth that does not drain water and cracks when dry (Massapez). VINIFICATION Blandy's Rainwater underwent fermentation off the skins with natural yeast at between 24°C - 26°C C in temperature controlled stainless steel tanks. After approximately 4 days, fortification with grape brandy takes place, arresting fermentation at the desired degree of sweetness. MATURATION Blandy's Rainwater was transferred to 'estufa' tanks where the wine underwent a cyclic heating and cooling process between 45°C and 50°C over a period of 3 months. After 'estufagem' the wine was aged for three years in American oak casks and then underwent racking and fining before the blend was assembled and bottled. SPECIFICATION Alcohol: 18% ABV pH: 3.35 Residual Sugar: 78 g/l Total Acidity: 6 g/l tartaric acid SERVING & CELLARAGE Blandy's Rainwater is fined and does not require decanting. It has been bottled when ready for drinking and will keep for several months after opening. PRESS COMMENTS “Nutty aromas and a light flavour, but firm acidity and medium length”. Lynn Farmer, The Wine News. TASTING NOTES Rainwater is a medium dry pale Madeira that is delicious taken chilled before meals but also goes well with dessert. It's elegant and refined bouquet has made it a universal favourite.