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Henriques and Henriques Sercial, 10 Years Old 50cl

Madeira from Madeira
4.333330000 star rating 3 Reviews
A ‘standout’ wine of the day for Tim Sykes at our Wine Champions tasting, with concentration and ‘real depth’ (Sebastian Payne MW) in this drier Madeira style, for both aperitif and cheeseboard ends of dinner.
Price: £22.00 Bottle
Price: £132.00 Case of 6
In Stock
Code: MA241

Wine characteristics

  • Madeira
  • 5 - Medium sweet
  • 50cl
  • 20% Alcohol
  • no oak influence
  • Stopper cork, ie sherry

Henriques and Henriques

Henriques & Henriques is one of the most famous names on the Portuguese island of Madeira. Founded in 1850 by João Goncalves Henriques, the company has a rich history and a profound knowledge of the art of making Madeira wine. His sons João Joaquim and Francisco Eduardo (whence the name H&H) inherited the running of the business and began to concentrate on shipping their own wines rather than supplying other shippers. In 1968, as they had no heirs, responsibility passed to three friends and partners Peter Cossart, Alberto Nascimento Jardim and Carlos Nunes Pereira. Today it is run by the charismatic Humberto Jardim. They moved out of the capital Funchal in 1984 and into new premises in Camara de Lobos in 1992. Henriques & Henriques is the only producer to have continuously owned its own vineyards, including the largest vineyard on the island, but they continue to work with anything from 400 to 600 growers.

Madeira is very much a wine epitomised by its traditions, which winemaker Luís Pereira captures so well across the range. H&H produces the full range of styles from the drier, crisp Sercial through to intense and deep-coloured Malmsey, with a particular specialism in Verdelho and Terrantez. A limited amount of some rare single vintages, perfect for anniversaries, and colheita wines are also released.

Joanna Simon blog

Henriques & Henriques 10 Year Old is warmly nutty yet quiveringly fresh, with flavours that combine depth of age with a lively tang and layers of walnut, sultana, woodsmoke, orange peel and saltiness.

Joanna Simon

Joanna Simon blog

Henriques & Henriques 10 Year Old is warmly nutty yet quiveringly fresh, with flavours that combine depth of age with a lively tang and layers of walnut, sultana, woodsmoke, orange peel and saltiness.

Joanna Simon

Sussex Express

Amber coloured, it is crisp, smooth and nutty, with flavours of spice and candied orange peel. A salty, citrus tang with vibrant acidity blends with the complex flavours developed by 10-year ageing ......
Amber coloured, it is crisp, smooth and nutty, with flavours of spice and candied orange peel. A salty, citrus tang with vibrant acidity blends with the complex flavours developed by 10-year ageing ... Surprisingly good with spicy soups, mild blue cheese and marmite on toast!
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Richard Esling

The Mail on Sunday

Candied citrus peelin a dried fruit festival. With Cheddar, it's heaven.

- Olly Smith

The Sunday Times

Sercial is the driest style of madeira, producing acomplex wine with nutty notes and a creamy texture.

- Will Lyons

independent.co.uk

Very dry with anincredibly long finish as you relish the flavours of nuts and citrus.

- Terry Kirby

Rotherham Advertiser

This has livelyacidity with flavours of spice, nuts, citrus, apricots and vanilla. Can beserved chilled as an aperitif. A lovely wine with a long finish.

- David Clay

The Mail on Sunday

Best for Comté.

- Olly Smith

JancisRobinson.com

Lustrous, layered orange/amber colour. Lightly cheesy nose. You're really aware of some age on this wine, which has real integrity and salty savour. It's a little firmer and fleshier than the H M...
Lustrous, layered orange/amber colour. Lightly cheesy nose. You're really aware of some age on this wine, which has real integrity and salty savour. It's a little firmer and fleshier than the H M Borges version and has real follow-through. Flavours of soaked cut peel. You could drink this before or with a meal. This with a beef tea or bouillon would be magical. Guaranteed to cure any invalid, surely? Super-clean, pure and revitalising. Though much lighter and drier than any Bual or Malmsey. -
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Jancis Robinson MW

JancisRobinson.com

Wine of the Week: Itis excellent with smoked almonds and raw walnuts. Rather more unexpectedly, onthe pre-dinner nibbles front, it was excellent with salt & vinegar crisps,Perello Gordal olives...
Wine of the Week: Itis excellent with smoked almonds and raw walnuts. Rather more unexpectedly, onthe pre-dinner nibbles front, it was excellent with salt & vinegar crisps,Perello Gordal olives and those oh-so-very English, tiny pickled cockles andmussels. Sercial deals with vinegar like a McLaren MP4/4 takes corners at aGrand Prix.
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- Tamlyn Currin

joannasimon.com

Whenever I taste good Madeira, I think, 'why don't I drink this more often?' I've never yet had a satisfactory answer. Sercial, made from the eponymous grape variety, is the driest...
Whenever I taste good Madeira, I think, 'why don't I drink this more often?' I've never yet had a satisfactory answer. Sercial, made from the eponymous grape variety, is the driest style, although that doesn't have to mean the bone-dry austerity that the term sometimes seems to imply. Henriques & Henriques' amber-coloured ten-year-old (ten years meaning the average age of the wines in the blend) is off-dry/medium dry, but with the slightly smoky bonfire tanginess that comes from Madeira's unusual ageing process at warm temperatures. Before you get to that lingering, refreshing finish, you've run a delicious gamut of toasted almond, walnut, sultana, orange peel and sweet smoked paprika flavours. If Sercial's first duty is as an aperitif, it's also well worth trying with food. Give it a go with umami foods such as mushroom and miso broth, smoked oysters, tuna with soy sauce, or cheeses such as Grana Padano Riserva, Parmigiano Reggiano or clothbound cheddar. And don't forget to try Verdelho, Bual and Malmsey Madeiras too: Henriques & Henriques examples are a good place to start.
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- Joanna Simon

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