The wines of Henriques & Henriques
One of Madeira's leading producers

Website: www.henriqueshenriques.pt

A privately owned company dating back to 1850, Henriques & Henriques is the largest independent producer and shipper of Madeira. Theyíve been shipping wines under their own label from the island since 1925, and unlike most of the other shippers, they actuall own some of their own vineyards.

In 1938 the last of the Henriques, Jo„o Joaquim Henriques died without heirs, but before he died he transferred the company to three friends, Peter Cossart, Alberto Nascimento Jardim and Carlos Nunes Pereira.

Henriques & Henriques made considerable investment in their business in the early 1990s, building new premises and a new vinification centre. The wines are attractively packaged in modern-looking 50 cl bottles, and quality here is admirably consistent.  

The notes below are from a few separate tastings, with the date indicated in month/year format after each note.

THE WINES

Henriques & Henriques 10 Year Old Sercial Madeira
Complex, nutty and waxy with some bright citrus notes. Just off-dry with some freshness. 91/100 (10/09)

Henriques & Henriques 10 Year Old Verdelho Madeira
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 thatís bold and a bit nutty. 91/100 (10/09)

Henriques & Henriques 10 Year Old Malmsey Madeira
Brown colour. Rich, bold, sweet, grapey, raisiny nose with notes of apples and lemons. The palate shows rounded, warm spicy fruit thatís sweet with some freshness. 89/100

Henriques & Henriques 15 Year Old Verdelho Madeira
Orange/brown colour. Tangy, fruity nose with a hint of saltiness and a fresh, complex palate. Waxy, herby and intense with lovely citrus notes and rich cask notes, finishing nutty. Beautifully fresh. 93/100 (£19.99 Waitrose) 05/10

Henriques & Henriques 15 Year Old Verdelho Madeira
Fresh, vivid and citrussy with complex fruitiness and some warm herbs. Nutty, tangy, off-dry and a bit salty. Nice freshness. 91/100 (10/09)

Henriques & Henriques 15 Year Old Bual Madeira
Brown/orange colour. Lovely fresh, complex, tangy, herby, citrussy fruit. Lively and fresh with some nut and toffee notes, but also lovely freshness and complexity. 92/100 (£19.99 Waitrose) 05/10

Henriques & Henriques 15 Year Old Bual Madeira
Brown colour. Rich caramel, herb and toffee notes as well as some raisiny richness. Nutty palate has raisin warmth and fresh fruity notes. Complex with a long finish. 90/100 (10/09)

Henriques & Henriques 15 Year Old Malmsey Madeira
Brown colour. Rich, raisiny nose with a  cedary, citrus tang. The palate is rich and bold with sweet raisin notes as well as herbs and spices. 90/100 (10/09)

Henriques & Henriques Single Harvest 1998 Madeira
100% Tinta Negra Mole. Wonderful stuff: pungent, dark, savoury and sweet at the same time, with notes of bitter orange peel, sweet raisins and old casks. Complex and long, with good acidity. 93/100 (£16.99 Waitrose) 10/09

Henriques & Henriques Single Harvest 1998 Madeira
Brown colour. Intense fresh, spicy nose with tangy citrus notes as well as some cask warmth. Lively palate is fresh and full with complex citrus peel and pith notes as well as good acidity. Lovely stuff with a long finish. 93/100 (10/09)

Henriques & Henriques Boal Single Harvest 2000 Madeira
Fresh and tangy with lovely citrus notes as well as warm, rich, old furniture characters. Lovely, bright and expressive with good acidity. Off-dry. 92/100 (10/09)

See also:

An introduction to Madeira

Published 04/11  
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