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Henriques & Henriques - Verdelho - 10 Year Old NV

Price: $50.00

Producer Henriques & Henriques
Country Portugal
Region Madeira
Varietal Verdelho
Sku 010994
ABV 20.00%

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 Verdelho is made from 100% Verdelho (not the same grape as Verdejo in Spain), and aged for at least ten years in the traditional canteiro method. Of the four noble varieties, Verdelho is medium-dry, between Sercial and Boal on the dry-sweet spectrum. Aromas of smoke, spice, ocean mist and citrus drift from the glass. On the palate, the wine is dry and lively with flavors of roasted walnuts, dried meyer lemon, tangerine, and saline minerality. This Verdelho is impeccably balanced with its vibrant acidity, concentration of complex flavors and residual sugar. Enjoy with ham, roasted nuts, smoked salmon or game dishes.

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