Everything that Henriques and Henriques make is stunning, but this Boal Madeira is something else. Brilliantly aromatic, this Boal Madeira has 90 g/l of sugar but carries it so well. Plenty of savoury flavours balance out the caramel sweetness. The zesty acid makes it all feel fresh and makes you ready for another sip.
H&H Boal Madeira is so versatile it can pair with pate, cheese, lighter desserts and is perfectly fine to enjoy on its own.
Henriques and Henriques 10 year old Boal Madeira 500ml, and all wines are eligible for at least 5% off any six bottles. And 10% off any 12 bottles. Some wines will be at a more significant discount and not subject to further discounts.
Henriques & Henriques has established an impeccable reputation as one of the top sources for high-quality Madeira. Henriques and Henriques is absolutely a superstar winery. While fortified are out of favour, you are missing out on all this amazing flavour. H&H’s 10 and 15-year-old products are out of this world.
Henriques and Henriques 10 year old Boal Madeira 500ml Wine Review
93 points (Outstanding)
“Notches it up. Sweet, with a thick texture moderated by tangy acidity. Caramel, molasses, walnut and orange flavors accelerate to a long, delineated finish with an aftertaste of the sea. Powerful and complex.”
The world’s most robust and long-lived wine. 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 Portuguese 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 to close (this is what separates it from other, heavier tasting fortifieds). But for all this quality there is only a small amount of people who appreciate this style of wine. Therefore it is up to you to help your friends see the light.
Boal Madeira is a sweet style but don’t let that limit you. It is so versatile that is can pair with so many sweet and dry flavours that it should be in everyone’s wine collection. Smells of molasses, raisins, preserved citrus, coffee, cake and umami. Boal Madeira won’t improve with further aging, but will not deteriorate for many months once opened.
Talking of Portuguese wine, most people would just think of Port. And for good reason, it is a style that took over the world. But to only think of Port is to miss out on the fantastic table wines that come out of the Douro Valley (where Port is made). The Douro is capable of producing world-class, complex reds and whites that are not fortified too.
Moving from the Douro, you will find charming whites and reds of Vinho Verde to the North. Vinho Verde borders Spain and only the Minho (Mino) River separetes VV and Rias Baixas. The grapes grown are almost identical, although spelt and pronounced differently.
Two other wine regions worth noting are the reds of Dao. We don’t see many here in Australia, but they are something special for sure. And, of course, the island of Madeira and their slightly cooked fortified wines. These are real treasures and often forgotten.
The Atlantic Ocean influences most of Portugal’s growing regions. This helps keep the climate from getting too hot and from the air being too still.
Portugal has many indigenous grapes as well as sharing many of the grapes from Spain.
Wine is the result you get from fermented grape juice. There is proof of wine production dating back 8000 years ago. Fashions, innovations and many other factors have influenced the way wine has evolved over the years.
The wine grape is impressive. It contains everything you need to make grape wine except for the yeast, which lives on the outside of the skins.
Human inputs can influence the final product, including the viticulture (growing) choices. And the winemaker can shape the wine to a point too.
The best wines of the world often refer to terroir. Terroir is a French term that refers to all the climatic, geological and topographical influences on a specific piece of land. And it is true that neighbouring vineyards, grown identically, can taste noticeably different.
Fortifying is the process of adding alcohol to a wine to stop fermentation and preserve the flavours and sugar (if any). They can add either a strong, neutral spirit at over 90% alc/vol or something more like an old Cognac. This is how the English used to be able to ship their barrels of wine back home and make sure they were still in great shape. The most famous styles are Port, Sherry, Madeira, and the Rutherglen Muscat and Topaque. Fortified wines come is all styles and can be sweet or dry, old or young, made to age or ready to drink. The best is the one that matches your food or mood.
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