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1976 Terrantez Madeira, Blandy's

$245.00 per Bottle


4 Bottles




"The 1976 Terrantez is deep auburn in color. It has a floral bouquet with scents of sea foam, rosewater and burnt sugar that is a little timid at present. The palate is very well-balanced with a viscous texture on the entry. It is extremely harmonious and focused with orange peel, marmalade and allspice. The finish is almost understated in style, belying the long tail of white pepper and dried honey that lingers seductively. My "road to Damascus" was a Bual 1920 tasted in the Old Blandy Wine Lodge in Funchal. Up until then, I had assumed I would dislike Madeira. How wrong I was! So I will always have a great deal of time for this major house, which supplies around one-third of all Madeira sold and celebrated their bicentennial last year. I have detailed the history of Blandy's on several occasions and so I advise readers to seek out my article "The Atlantic Jewel" (http://www.erobertparker.com/members/nmartin/nm1382.asp) on Wine-Journal for further information. Basically, Blandy's is a brand under the Madeira Wine Company, who also stencil the bottles under Leacock, Cossart Gordon and very occasionally, Miles. There are subtle differences between them in terms of style, Blandy's undergoing shorter fermentation and sweeter, perhaps more commercial. Cossart can be light and drier; Leacock's richer. In this report, I thought it would be clearer to list the producer as the brand rather than the company. They have a talented winemaker in the form of Francisco Albuquerque, and in Chris Blandy, they have new blood coming on-line, a mature head on young shoulders, someone with ideas to usher both Blandy's and Madeira itself into the 21st century. An example is the unusually modern packaging for their Alvada, which is specifically aimed to appeal to members of the human race without white hair and several grandchildren. Most of the following Reserva wines would have been bottled in 2011." Robert Parker's Wine Advocate #202
(WA, 08/30/2012)

Rating: 92

"Aged for 26 years in 1,000-liter American oak with 90 g/L residual sugar, the 1976 Terrantez, which comes from the 2002 bottling, bears a nose that is a little smudged and earthy, revealing hints of clove and wood resin. It is taciturn at first, but unfurls nicely in the glass, though it never becomes intense. The palate is very well balanced and caressing in the mouth. It has lovely poise and harmony, offering touches of dried honey, cardamom, orange peel and apricot. Gentle and long toward the finish. I prefer this to the 1997 bottling; it shows more depth and volume. Tasted at Blandy’s bicentennial celebration tasting." Neal Martin, Vinous.com
(NM, 02/27/2019)

Rating: 91

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