Sercial is dry. This wine is full and rich with complex aromas and flavours reminiscent of sea air and forest undergrowth, caramel and walnuts. Powerful and long, it has substance and a sharpness at the end that's a little astringent.
Match with swordfish or young sheep's cheese.
Varietal / Blend: Sercial
Decant: Not necessary
Farming Practices: Conventional
Madeira is 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). Henriques & Henriques has established an impeccable reputation as one of the top sources for high quality Madeira.
They are the leading independent Madeira shipping house and practise an uncompromising devotion to the quality of their wines through the use of only the highest quality grapes, a remarkable state-of-the-art winery, and stoic, disciplined use of the estufa method of wine production.
They are also unique in concentrating on quality Madeira’s (rather than bulk handling of ‘cooking’ wine) and hold extensive stocks, some more than a century old, of these quality wines. The 10 year old, 15 year old, Solera, Vintage and very old Reserves are produced from Sercial, Verdelho, Bual or Malvasia – as labelled.