Henriques & Henriques Verdelho 15YO / NV / 500mL
Madeira is the world's most robust and long lived wines. They can easily live for centuries and stay fresh for months after opening. For those who have not tasted Madeira, it is a fortified wine from the Portugese island of the same name, made in a range of styles from dry(ish) to sweet, yet always with an elegance and a distinctive refreshing tang. Henriques & Henriques has established an impeccable reputation as one of the top sources for high quality Madeira.
The wines are best stored upright. They will not really develop in bottle so can be purchased to drink immidiately, however they will keep for many months without deteriorating after opening which is a huge bonus.
These wines can be surprisingly versatile with food. Perhaps one of the greatest food and wine matchings of all is Madeira with a rich consomme.
This outstanding range has all the finest classical characteristics of Madeira. The concentration at this age produces very attractive, complex wines with a very long finish. The colour of the Sercial and Verdelho has darkened and the Bual and Malmsey (the two richer wines) have plenty of acidity to balance their richness. They take you into another, even more sublime and complex dimension. You can open and sip them over a few weeks or even months if you can show that level of restraint!