Looking for a Madeira grower-producer? You won't find many.
There's actually only one producer on the entire island that continuously maintains its own vineyards—and, this Friday, you can taste 5 of their wines (along with a Rancio Seco from Roussillon estate Mas Peyre).
Join us from 5:30pm-7:30pm for a special Madeira tasting featuring 5 excellent bottlings (including a magnificent and complex 20-year-old) from the 170-year-old estate Henriques & Henriques!
We'll welcome our friend Jake Parrott from Hauz Alpenz into the shop to pour and discuss these excellent Madeiras, and to tell you a little about the unique history of the estate.
Founded in 1850 by Joao Goncalves Henriques, H&H continues to produce traditional wines of great character, as well as preserving the less common grape varieties and styles ignored by larger commercial producers.
Jake will have 5 flagship H&H Madeira wines on hand this Friday, as well as a bonus Rancio Seco wine from French producer Mas Peyre:
Rainwater Madeira ($20/btl): A pale, gold colored wine. Harmonious with delicate aromas of almonds and orange zest. Medium-dry on the palate, with notes of almonds and citrus fruits. An excellent aperitif.
Doce Generoso 5yr ($25/btl): An intensely concentrated and rich wine. Dark gold colored with strong aromas and flavors of ripe fruit. Mellow and very rich on the palate, this is ideal as an after dinner drink.
Verdelho 10 year ($50/btl): A brilliant amber wine with golden and greenish nuances. Aromas of dried fruits, honey, and old wood. Medium dry flavor of wood, dried fruits and spices. Light acidity in perfect balance with its body. A complex wine, showing vivacity and freshness and with a long finish.
Boal 15 year ($75/btl): Amber colored wine with golden nuances. Intense and deep aroma of dried fruits, showing its age. Medium rich palate of dried fruits, full bodied and complex, good balance between the acidity and sweetness and a long finish.
Terrantez 20 year ($100/btl): A brilliant, old gold color with green nuances. Aromas of hazelnuts, walnuts, and some wood. Complex, medium dry palate of bitter almond, dried fruits, spices, green pepper, and some wood. Tannins and acidity in good balance. A lasting aftertaste with the slight tang typical of this varietal.
Mas Peyre Rancio Seco Le Demon de Midi ($20/btl): Bottled at an average of six years of age, the "Demon di Midi" (noonday demon) takes on notes of almond, garrigue honey and leather, with a touch of salt emerging at the finish.
We hope to see you Friday!