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A Treasure Trove of Compelling Madeira Gems

“I know of no wine of its class that can beat Madeira when at its best… In fact, I think Madeira and Burgundy carry combined intensity and complexity of vinous delights further than any other wine.” George Saintsbury, Notes on a Cellar-Book

Tastes have changed a little since the above words were written in 1920. But don’t they say: “Fashion is temporary, class is permanent”? Today the wines of Madeira have a new squad of cheerleaders in wine writers like Jancis Robinson, Alex Liddel and Niklas Jörgensen—not to mention scores of sommeliers who have embraced this unique wine style. Part of this passion is being fuelled by Madeira’s ability to match so well with a wide range of foods, and the way it’s finding a place in contemporary cocktails.

Madeira is a fortified wine from the island of the same name—a kind of Galápagos Island for vines—in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Portugal. Often grown on terraced vineyards, Madeira is produced in a range of styles from off-dry to sweet, always with elegance and a distinctive, refreshing close. This is what separates the style from other, heavier-tasting fortified wines and it is one of the unique features that makes it so successful at the table (and so delicious in general). 

Henriques & Henriques has established an impeccable reputation as one of the top sources of high-quality Madeira.

This is the leading independent Madeira shipping house and practise an uncompromising devotion to the quality of their vineyards and their wines. Henriques is the only house we know of that owns and farms a significant proportion of its own vineyards. They are also unique in their holdings of extensive stocks in cask, some more than a century old. Under the stewardship of Humberto Jardim, this venerable company has never produced better wines. 

Henriques’ entry wines are very handy pourers or stand-by bottles for the fridge or shelf. They are predominantly made from Tinta Negra Mole—with 10% to 20% of Sercial, Verdelho or Malvasia depending on the age and style. The five-year-old blends carry more complexity and body from both the extra two years in barrel and the higher percentage of the four noble grape varieties in the blend.

The 10-Year-Old range is the level where the serious action begins, a leap ahead of the simpler young wines. Obviously aging for over a decade in oak casks produces more concentrated and intense wines, but more significantly, these wines must also be made from at least 85% of the four noble Madeira varieties: Sercial, Verdelho, Bual and Malvasia. When you get to the 15-Year-Old wines (and older), there is yet another jump in quality and concentration. These are brilliant wines with great intensity, complexity and length. You can open and sip these wines over a few weeks or even months—if you can show that level of restraint!

Finally, we also ship Henriques’ Garrafeira wines, this estate’s ‘Grand Cru’ offering. Vintage Madeira, or Garrafeira, must be aged for a minimum of 20 years in cask, and a further two years in bottle before release. On the category, Alex Liddell, author of Madeira [Hurst & Company, 2014] has written, “These wines are the glory of Madeira and, with the best examples of dated wines from the past, the yardstick by which it is to be judged to be a world-class wine.” While we may not have tasted every vintage, the quality and style of those that we have—will live on in our memories for many years to come. 

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Henriques & Henriques Finest Full Rich 5Yo NV (500ml)

Henriques & Henriques Finest Full Rich 5Yo NV (500ml)

Henriques’ entry wines are very handy stand-by bottles for the fridge. They are predominantly made from Tinta Negra Mole—with 10% to 20% of Sercial, Verdelho or Malvasia depending on the age and style. There is a unique and sophisticated Estufa process used: the wines are slowly allowed to warm to 45ºC before being left to cool. This process takes 90 days, after which the wines go to cask. The dry wines (which actually edge into off-dry) are ideal aperitifs, served chilled with freshly roasted nuts, olives or tapas-style food. The tangy, medium-dry wines pair beautifully with smoked fish and white meats, and are our choice for mixing in cocktails. The rich styles are delicious as a dessert wine, especially with creamy desserts and chocolate. They also pair well with strong cheese such as Stilton.Ageing in oak casks has given this wine a high concentration and richness. A dark, full bodied, luscious, dessert wine. It will work on its own or with rich foods like chocolate, petits fours, blue cheese and with coffee.

Ageing in oak casks has given this wine a high concentration and richness. A dark, full bodied, luscious, dessert wine. It will work on its own or with rich foods like chocolate, petits fours, blue cheese and with coffee.

Henriques & Henriques Finest Full Rich 5Yo NV (500ml)
Henriques & Henriques Finest Medium Rich 5Yo NV (500ml)

Henriques & Henriques Finest Medium Rich 5Yo NV (500ml)

Made predominantly from Tinta Negra Mole—with 20% Bual in this case— Henriques & Henriques 5 Year Old blends are produced in an estufa process specifically set up for these wines. They are then aged in oak casks for 5 years prior to bottling.The Finest Medium Rich is a medium-dark and fruity Madeira, a little lighter than “Full Rich” or a Malvasia, but still deliciously full-bodied and very fragrant. It works perfectly as a dessert wine, especially with fruit-based deserts, chocolate, or rich cakes. It also a good pairing with strong cheeses such as Roquefort or Stilton, or even just with coffee.

The Finest Medium Rich is a medium-dark and fruity Madeira, a little lighter than “Full Rich” or a Malvasia, but still deliciously full-bodied and very fragrant. It works perfectly as a dessert wine, especially with fruit-based deserts, chocolate, or rich cakes. It also a good pairing with strong cheeses such as Roquefort or Stilton, or even just with coffee.

Henriques & Henriques Finest Medium Rich 5Yo NV (500ml)
Henriques & Henriques Bual 10Yo NV (500ml)

Henriques & Henriques Bual 10Yo NV (500ml)

Henriques and Henriques 10 Year Old range is produced using the traditional Canteiro method in Henrique’s purpose-built lodges in Câmara de Lobos. The Bual vineyards are traditionally found in the south of the island (Campanário and Calheta) at lower altitudes (100-300-metres).

With a burnished tawny hue, Bual is the darkest of all the classic Madeira varieties. Although there is more sweetness here—the 10 year old carries 90.4 g/L—the wines remain fresh and lively, with bright, clean acidity (6.0 g/l). Bual can be served both with rich meat-based dishes, or with fruity and nutty deserts, where the wine’s dried-fruit and barley sugar flavours pair particularly well. Also try with cheese, crème caramel, Portuguese custard tarts or tarte tartin.

"Notches it up. Sweet, with a thick texture moderated by tangy acidity. Caramel, molasses, walnut and orange flavours accelerate to a long, delineated finish with an aftertaste of the sea. Powerful and complex."
93 points, Outstanding. Wine Spectator
Henriques & Henriques Bual 10Yo NV (500ml)
Henriques & Henriques Full Rich (500ml)

Henriques & Henriques Full Rich (500ml)

Dark and sweet wine with caramel aromas. Full-bodied and very fruity, rich and with a very intense palate. It should be enjoyed with rich desserts such as puddings, chocolate cakes and coffee.

Henriques & Henriques Full Rich (500ml)
Henriques & Henriques Rainwater Medium Dry 3Yo NV (500ml)

Henriques & Henriques Rainwater Medium Dry 3Yo NV (500ml)

Henriques’ entry wines are very handy stand-by bottles for the fridge. They are predominantly made from Tinta Negra Mole—with 10% to 20% of Sercial, Verdelho or Malvasia depending on the age and style. There is a unique and sophisticated Estufa process used: the wines are slowly allowed to warm to 45ºC before being left to cool. This process takes 90 days, after which the wines go to cask.The dry wines (which actually edge into off-dry) are ideal aperitifs, served chilled with freshly roasted nuts, olives or tapas-style food. The tangy, medium-dry wines pair beautifully with smoked fish and white meats, and are our choice for mixing in cocktails. The rich styles are delicious as a dessert wine, especially with creamy desserts and chocolate. They also pair well with strong cheese such as Stilton.A pale, soft, medium dry wine.  It's aroma and flavour are very delicate.  It makes an excellent aperitif.

A pale, soft, medium dry wine. It's aroma and flavour are very delicate. It makes an excellent aperitif.

Henriques & Henriques Rainwater Medium Dry 3Yo NV (500ml)
Henriques & Henriques Verdelho 10Yo NV (500ml)

Henriques & Henriques Verdelho 10Yo NV (500ml)

Planted at altitudes up to 400-metres located in the north of the island (Ponta Delgada and São Vincente), this late maturing grape is used to produce fruity, medium-dry styles. Considered a favourite amongst Madeira’s winemakers due to it’s ability to balance acidity, sugar and alcohol, at this level Verdelho produces a striking, off-dry wine that can also be served as an aperitif, with tapas dishes or more complex seafood dishes. With age, the wines grow in intensity, developing delicious honeyed depths and a creamy texture that is balanced by its racy acidity. 

“Serious stuff. Despite a slightly singed nose, it exhibits complex flavors of honey, smoke, pears and wet pine needles. Rich, with an underlying, tangy vibrancy that follows through to the long, walnut and salty finish. A wine for meditation.”
91 points, Outstanding. Wine Spectator
"Deep orange/brown colour. Complex, herby and spicy nose with toffee and citrus peel. The palate is rich with round fruit and a spicy finish. Really nice stuff that’s bold and a bit nutty.”
91 points, Jamie Goode, Wine Anorak
Henriques & Henriques Verdelho 10Yo NV (500ml)
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“Henriques & Henriques ten year olds [and 15 year olds] are much the best of the genre. Made from the four ‘noble’ grapes, they have much of the clean, high-toned, incisive character of a really fine Madeira for a fraction of the price.” Richard Mayson, Portugal’s Wines & Wine Makers

“Top-quality madeira is one of the world's most wickedly underrated fine wines. I know you will have read that about sherry - and that's true too - but I can understand why people don't like sherry. It does have a characteristic flavour that some palates will find off-putting. But madeira tastes like the elixir of life itself.” Jancis Robinson MW, www.jancisrobinson.com

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Madeira

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Winemaker: Humberto Jardim

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