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Henriques & Henriques 10 Year Sercial Madeira

$59.00

3 in stock

Vintage: NV
Region: Madeira, Portugal
Viticulture: Organic
Grape varieties: 100% Sercial

Henriques & Henriques 10-Year Sercial Madeira is the firm, polished style of the house: full, deep, and sultry, with the balance and concentration for which H&H is known. Well-calibrated acidity, mineral, saline, and wood elements from the bold savor of dried apricot, lemon zest, and spiced almond en route to a long, tapered finish.

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Additional information

NATTINESS

Not Natty

FRUIT

Dried Fruit

BODY

Medium-bodied

ACIDITY

Bright (Medium-High)

ALCOHOL

Above 15%

OAK

Neutral Oak

TANNIN

Light

SWEETNESS

Off Dry

SERVING TEMP

Cool Red and Orange (58°–62°)

SULFUR

Sulfur Added (more than 50mg/L)

VEGAN

Unknown

IMPORTER

Haus Alpenz

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ABOUT THE PRODUCER

About Henriques & Henriques 10 Year Sercial Madeira

Henriques & Henriques 10-Year Sercial Madeira is the firm, polished style of the house: full, deep, and sultry, with the balance and concentration for which H&H is known. Well-calibrated acidity, mineral, saline, and wood elements from the bold savor of dried apricot, lemon zest, and spiced almond en route to a long, tapered finish.

Sercial is the palest and the driest of the classical Madeira varieties, known as ‘Esgano Cão’—‘dog strangler’—on the Portuguese mainland, a nod to its fiery, mouth-puckering acidity. At its best, racy and high-toned, it is a wine of exquisite tension: Sercial shows dry despite containing 20-60 g/l RS; an exhilarating, mouthwatering tang of acidity balances its sweetness. Pungent with dried orange, almonds, and saline spices in youth, Sercial mellows in maturity: acidity less taut but no less integral; its deep nuttiness to the fore. There are currently just 16 ha found on the island.

About Henriques & Henriques

It might be said that the history of Henriques & Henriques is the history of Madeira itself. Legend states that Infante Dom Henriques planted the island’s first vines in 1425. These vines gave the fruit to one of the “first families of Madeira” and, in the process, sunk deep roots that Henriques’ descendants and successors continue to draw upon in guiding H&H today.

João Joaquim Gonçalves Henriques founded the firm in 1850 as a partidista, supplying wine to other merchants from extensive Henriques vineyard holdings while continuing to amass significant stocks of old wines in the family cellars. In 1925, Henriques & Henriques began to bottle and export Madeira produced entirely from their vineyards—an anomaly amongst producers on the island. Today, Henriques & Henriques is led by CEO and winemaker Humberto Jardim, one of Madeira’s great visionaries and ambassadors. The firm continues to source some of its needs from its vineyards, most notably from a terraced, 10-hectare vineyard at Quinta Grande—the single largest on the island, replanted in 1995.

Against the tides of urban development, H&H has been at the forefront of vineyard planting and preservation of Madeira’s noble varieties: Sercial, Verdelho, Boal, Malvasia, and Terrantez, while simultaneously playing a key role in the reappraisal of the underrated Tinta Negra, recently releasing an unprecedented 50-year expression. Likewise, H&H’s age-statement varietal wines are widely regarded as benchmark articulations: always 100% of the stated varietal (e.g., Verdelho), the blend composed of stocks well over the statement requirement (e.g., 15 years).

Finally, H&H continues to boast an impressive selection of pre-1925 “Garrafeira” (vintage) and Solera bottlings originating in the Henriques family cellars. Without question, the most celebrated of these is the “Heavenly Quartet”—four legendary wines from the late 18th century—that are amongst the most transcendent expressions of Madeira extant today. To taste any of these is, quite literally, to “drink history” itself and share in the accumulated wisdom—of family-owned vineyards and old stocks—that continue to define Henriques & Henriques today.