Funchal, 25th May 2012 - Hot on the heels of its 2011 bicentenary, Blandy’s has struck Gold at the 2012 International Wine Challenge and the Decanter World Wine awards, winning a total of eleven Gold medals (including one trophy for best in class) and 10 Silver medals for their world-class Madeira.
Bringing home the bullion at the IWC were Blandy’s Verdelho 1977, Verdelho 1984, Bual 1980, the Colheita, Sercial 1995, Colheita Verdelho 1995 and the 10 Year Old Verdelho NV.
Silver medals went to Colheita Bual 1996 and Colheita Malmsey 1996.
At the Decanter World Wine Awards, Gold medal winners were Blandy's Bual 1968, Terrantez 1976, Colheita Sercial 1995, Colheita Bual 1996 and the Colheita Malmsey 1996 (Trophy winner).
Silver medals went to Blandy's Verdelho 1977, the Colheita Verdelho 1995, 10 year old Bual, 10 year old Sercial, 10 year old Verdelho and 20 year old Terrantez.
The accolades obtained in these international contests make this a record year for Blandy's Madeira and mark an outstanding achievement in the year the company passed back into family ownership.
The awards are a source of great pride to the Blandy’s family and company, providing a huge incentive for the work done in the last decade, demonstrating once more that the wines from the island are amongst some of the greatest in the world.
The award winning wines have the signature of Francisco Albuquerque, Blandy's Madeira winemaker, recognized by the International Wine Challenge three years running, with the Fortified Winemaker of the Year Trophy.
Blandy’s award-winning Madeira – worth its weight in Gold.