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Henriques and Henriques Sercial, 10 Years Old 50cl

Madeira from Madeira
Drier and with livelier acidity than the bual and malmsey styles, this smooth, crisp, nutty amber glassful may be served chilled as an aperitif, or with the cheeseboard.
Price: £21.00 Bottle
Price: £126.00 Case of 6
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Code: MA241

Wine characteristics

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

Henriques and Henriques

‘H&H’ is one of the most famous names on the Portuguese island of Madeira. Founded in 1850 by Joao Joachim Henriques, the company has a rich history and a profound knowledge of the art of making Madeira. Unlike many of the other producers on the island, Henriques & Henriques is the only company with significant holdings of its own vineyards.

Madeira is very much a wine epitomised by its traditions which current winemaker Luis Pereira captures so well across the range. H&H produces a selection of styles from the drier, crisp Sercial through to intense and deep-coloured Malmsey. A limited amount of some rare single vintages, perfect for anniversaries, are also available from The Society.

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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