Henriques & Henriques

A Treasure Trove of Compelling Madeira Gems

“I know of no wine of its class that can beat Madeira when at its best… In fact, I think Madeira and Burgundy carry combined intensity and complexity of vinous delights further than any other wine.” George Saintsbury, Notes on a Cellar-Book

Tastes have changed a little since the above words were written in 1920. But don’t they say: “Fashion is temporary, class is permanent”? Today the wines of Madeira have a new squad of cheerleaders in wine writers like Jancis Robinson, Alex Liddel and Niklas Jörgensen—not to mention scores of sommeliers who have embraced this unique wine style. Part of this passion is being fuelled by Madeira’s ability to match so well with a wide range of foods, and the way it’s finding a place in contemporary cocktails.

Madeira is a fortified wine from the island of the same name—a kind of Galápagos Island for vines—in the Atlantic Ocean off the coast of Portugal. Often grown on terraced vineyards, Madeira is produced in a range of styles from off-dry to sweet, always with elegance and a distinctive, refreshing close. This is what separates the style from other, heavier-tasting fortified wines and it is one of the unique features that makes it so successful at the table (and so delicious in general).

Henriques & Henriques has established an impeccable reputation as one of the top sources of high-quality Madeira.

This is the leading independent Madeira shipping house and practise an uncompromising devotion to the quality of their vineyards and their wines. Henriques is the only house we know of that owns and farms a significant proportion of its own vineyards. They are also unique in their holdings of extensive stocks in cask, some more than a century old. Under the stewardship of Humberto Jardim, this venerable company has never produced better wines.

Henriques’ entry wines are very handy pourers or stand-by bottles for the fridge or shelf. They are predominantly made from Tinta Negra Mole—with 10% to 20% of Sercial, Verdelho or Malvasia depending on the age and style. The five-year-old blends carry more complexity and body from both the extra two years in barrel and the higher percentage of the four noble grape varieties in the blend.

The 10-Year-Old range is the level where the serious action begins, a leap ahead of the simpler young wines. Obviously aging for over a decade in oak casks produces more concentrated and intense wines, but more significantly, these wines must also be made from at least 85% of the four noble Madeira varieties: Sercial, Verdelho, Bual and Malvasia. When you get to the 15-Year-Old wines (and older), there is yet another jump in quality and concentration. These are brilliant wines with great intensity, complexity and length. You can open and sip these wines over a few weeks or even months—if you can show that level of restraint!

Finally, we also ship Henriques’ Garrafeira wines, this estate’s ‘Grand Cru’ offering. Vintage Madeira, or Garrafeira, must be aged for a minimum of 20 years in cask, and a further two years in bottle before release. On the category, Alex Liddell, author of Madeira [Hurst & Company, 2014] has written, “These wines are the glory of Madeira and, with the best examples of dated wines from the past, the yardstick by which it is to be judged to be a world-class wine.” While we may not have tasted every vintage, the quality and style of those that we have—will live on in our memories for many years to come.

The Range

Henriques & Henriques Rainwater Medium Dry 3Yo NV (500ml)
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Henriques & Henriques Rainwater Medium Dry 3Yo NV (500ml)

Henriques’ entry wines are very handy stand-by bottles for the fridge. They are predominantly made from Tinta Negra Mole—with 10% to 20% of Sercial, Verdelho or Malvasia depending on the age and style. There is a unique and sophisticated Estufa process used: the wines are slowly allowed to warm to 45ºC before being left to cool. This process takes 90 days, after which the wines go to cask.The dry wines (which actually edge into off-dry) are ideal aperitifs, served chilled with freshly roasted nuts, olives or tapas-style food. The tangy, medium-dry wines pair beautifully with smoked fish and white meats, and are our choice for mixing in cocktails. The rich styles are delicious as a dessert wine, especially with creamy desserts and chocolate. They also pair well with strong cheese such as Stilton.A pale, soft, medium dry wine.  It's aroma and flavour are very delicate.  It makes an excellent aperitif.

A pale, soft, medium dry wine. It's aroma and flavour are very delicate. It makes an excellent aperitif.

Henriques & Henriques Rainwater Medium Dry 3Yo NV (500ml)
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Henriques & Henriques Sercial 15Yo NV (500ml)
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Henriques & Henriques Sercial 15Yo NV (500ml)

Henriques and Henriques 15 Year Old range is produced using the traditional Canteiro method in Henrique's purpose-built lodges in Câmara de Lobos. In this process, the wines are cask-aged for a period of at least three years in the Canterio lodge, against south-facing windows subjecting the wine to the gentler, natural warmth of the sun, where it undergoes a much slower process of maturation.Sercial produces the driest and most bracing Madeira style, and is best served as an aperitif, with tapas style dishes or seafood. It also works very well with Sashimi, consommés or soups.

Sercial produces the driest and most bracing Madeira style, and is best served as an aperitif, with tapas style dishes or seafood. It also works very well with Sashimi, consommés or soups.

“Light, greenish mahogany. Much more intense and concentrated than the 10-year-old Malmsey tasted just before it. Less open than the 10-year-old Sercial however. Pretty dry and very delicate. Lovely fresh finish.”
Jancis Robinson
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Henriques & Henriques Malvasia 15Yo NV (500ml)
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Henriques & Henriques Malvasia 15Yo NV (500ml)

Malvasia (aka Malmsey) or Malvasia Cãndida/Malvasia Malvasia Branca de São Jorge, to be more accurate, is Henriques first grape to be harvested each year, and grows exclusively in the south of the island at a lower altitude of 150-200 metres. It is used to make the island’s sweetest, richest style, which still exhibits the delicious mouth-watering acidity of great Madeira. Traditionally, these wines are consumed with richer, chocolate-influenced desserts or enjoyed on their own after a meal.

“Henriques & Henriques produce an outstanding range of 10-year-old Madeiras, but their 15-year-old Malmsey, with its scented, high-toned aromas and wonderfully sinewy flavors, is quintessential and better than many a vintage wine. It is also a bargain.”
Decanter Magazine
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Henriques & Henriques Bual 15Yo NV (500ml)
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Henriques & Henriques Bual 15Yo NV (500ml)

Henriques and Henriques 15 Year Old range is produced using the traditional Canteiro method in Henrique's purpose-built lodges in Câmara de Lobos. In this process, the wines are cask-aged for a period of at least three years in the Canterio lodge, against south-facing windows subjecting the wine to the gentler, natural warmth of the sun, where it undergoes a much slower process of maturation.This can go with richer dishes that are meat based or with sweeter dishes. Try this with cheese, fruit tarts, crème caramel, Portuguese custard tarts or tarte tartin. Brilliant amber wine with golden shades. Aromatic, revealing age, dried fruits. Medium rich, full body, complex and dried fruits.

This can go with richer dishes that are meat based or with sweeter dishes. Try this with cheese, fruit tarts, crème caramel, Portuguese custard tarts or tarte tartin. Brilliant amber wine with golden shades. Aromatic, revealing age, dried fruits. Medium rich, full body, complex and dried fruits.

“Relatively light nose, even slightly cheesy. Dried fruits flavours with lift and delicacy and tannin on the finish. This definitely needs food and, while clean, has a slight metallic note."
16.5/20, Jancis Robinson
“This nutty, figgy, toffee wine from the excellent Henriques & Henriques is hard to beat.”
David Williams, The Observer
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Henriques & Henriques Terrantez 20 YO NV (750ml)
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Henriques & Henriques Terrantez 20 YO NV (750ml)

In his Big Book of Wine, Oberon Kant asks us, “What use is a wine to anyone unless it’s 20 years old?” We wouldn’t quite go that far but this rare wine makes for compelling evidence in support of that statement.Historically considered to be the great grape of Madeira, Terrantez, was introduced in the late 1600's. By the 18th and 19th centuries Terrantez was producing what many experts considered to be the greatest wines of the island. However, the 1852 oidium outbreak destroyed most of the Terrantez vines, followed by phylloxera which put paid to the rest. Nowadays the variety is practically extinct and efforts to revive the plantings have been hampered by the grape's low-yielding nature and susceptibility to rot and to mildew in Madeira's humid climate. Henriques farm several tiny parcels of rare Terrantez, and are recognised as one of the leading producers of wines made with this variety.  

“The 20 YO version is a beauty! Restrained richness, ethereal, smoke, salty almonds, paint, vanilla and tobacco in its bouquet. When entering the mouth my first reaction is one of a quite sweet Terrantez style. Then it changes character, the intensity goes up, the slightly bitter (it is so well wrapped in it only adds depth) note sneaks up on you – and then finally, an acidity kick making me land on a more medium dry feeling. It’s nutty with fine wet earth notes, dried tobacco and a dried flowers note I really like. Long, intense taste which is all about elegance. Etheral ending. Bravo winemaker Luis Pereira!”
92 points, Niklas Jörgensen, Mad About Madeira
Henriques & Henriques Terrantez 20 YO NV (750ml)
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Henriques & Henriques Finest Full Rich 5Yo NV (500ml)
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Henriques & Henriques Finest Full Rich 5Yo NV (500ml)

Henriques’ entry wines are very handy stand-by bottles for the fridge. They are predominantly made from Tinta Negra Mole—with 10% to 20% of Sercial, Verdelho or Malvasia depending on the age and style. There is a unique and sophisticated Estufa process used: the wines are slowly allowed to warm to 45ºC before being left to cool. This process takes 90 days, after which the wines go to cask. The dry wines (which actually edge into off-dry) are ideal aperitifs, served chilled with freshly roasted nuts, olives or tapas-style food. The tangy, medium-dry wines pair beautifully with smoked fish and white meats, and are our choice for mixing in cocktails. The rich styles are delicious as a dessert wine, especially with creamy desserts and chocolate. They also pair well with strong cheese such as Stilton.Ageing in oak casks has given this wine a high concentration and richness. A dark, full bodied, luscious, dessert wine. It will work on its own or with rich foods like chocolate, petits fours, blue cheese and with coffee.

Ageing in oak casks has given this wine a high concentration and richness. A dark, full bodied, luscious, dessert wine. It will work on its own or with rich foods like chocolate, petits fours, blue cheese and with coffee.

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“Henriques & Henriques ten year olds [and 15 year olds] are much the best of the genre. Made from the four ‘noble’ grapes, they have much of the clean, high-toned, incisive character of a really fine Madeira for a fraction of the price.” Richard Mayson, Portugal’s Wines & Wine Makers

“Top-quality madeira is one of the world's most wickedly underrated fine wines. I know you will have read that about sherry - and that's true too - but I can understand why people don't like sherry. It does have a characteristic flavour that some palates will find off-putting. But madeira tastes like the elixir of life itself.” Jancis Robinson MW, www.jancisrobinson.com

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