Henriques & Henriques - Sercial - 10 Year Old NV
The history of Henriques & Henriques goes back to 1425, when, according to legend, Infante Dom Henriques planted the first vines on the island of Madeira. However, the firm Henriques & Henriques was founded in 1850 as a partidista — someone who buys stocks or makes their own wine and sells it to the larger shippers — from the family's vineyard holdings on the island. In 1925, H&H began to bottle and export Madeira made entirely from their own vineyards, something unique among producers and shippers. To this day, Henriques & Henriques own the largest single vineyard on the island — the 10-hectare Quinta Grande — and boast an impressive selection of vintage and solera bottlings dating from before 1925 in the family's cellars. Perhaps most important, H&H have been in the vanguard of vineyard plantings and preservation of the noble grapes of Madeira: Sercial, Verdelho, Boal and Malvasia. Their age-statement varietal wines are viewed as the benchmark of quality.
Henriqes & Henriques 10-Year Old Sercial is made from 100% Sercial, aged for at least ten years in the traditional canteiro method. Of the four noble varieties, Sercial is the most dry, producing wines with razor-sharp, mouth-watering acidity. Aromas of dried orange, blanched almonds and sea-spray explode from the glass. On the palate, the wine is dry and zippy with flavors of walnuts, dried apricot, sea-spray and savory spice. Extremely versatile, this refreshing Sercial can be enjoyed with oysters (raw or baked), grilled seafood or a platter of assorted nuts, olives and firm cheeses.