Fortified & Sweet

Henriques and Henriques, Verdelho Single Vineyard QG Madeira- Portugal 2007

About Henriques & Henriques Madeira:
It might be said that the history of Henriques & Henriques is the history of Madeira itself. Legend has it that Infante Dom Henriques planted the island’s first vines in 1425. These vines gave fruit to one of the “first families of Madeira” and in the process sunk deep roots which Henriques’ descendants and successors continue to draw upon in guiding H&H today.

About Madeira:
Madeira is a Portuguese-owned archipelago in the Atlantic Ocean, 600 miles (970km) southwest of Lisbon and 450 miles due west of the north African coast. It gives its name to one of the world's great fortified wines. Both the wine and the island hold unique places in the history of wine. All fortified wine from the island is now produced under the Madeira DOC.

About Verdelho:
Verdelho Madeira is traditionally a medium-dry fortified wine. With between 27 and 45 grams per liter of residual sugar, it falls between Sercial and Bual in terms of sweetness. Verdelho is one of the four ‘classic’ Madeira varieties, along with Sercial  Boal and Malvasia. To taste, this style of Verdelho shows distinctive smoky notes and vibrant acidity.
Verdelho has no relation to the ‘Verdejo’ of the Iberian peninsula. Verdelho Madeira is traditionally a medium-dry fortified wine. 

Tasting Notes
The H&H Verdelho Single Harvest 2007 is a colheita bottling: an early-bottled vintage wine. (H&H prefer to use the term Single Harvest, a rough translation of Colheita.) This is unique among Madeira wines: a single-vineyard wine produced exclusively with estate fruit. H&H's Quinta Grande estate is 350-700 meters above sea level. The wine was aged for 12 years in ancient casks at the H&H cellars at Câmara de Lobos. It combines a vineyard signature of shimmering acidity and hints of eucalyptus with the depth of concentration and elegance for which H&H is renowned.

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