Henriques & Henriques Madeira 5YO (19%)

Madeira wines are not very commonly displayed in the wine section of Baltic stores. There are only a few different ones on sale in Estonia. Henriques & Henriques is a winery founded in 1850 on the island of Madeira. The company started bottling and exporting wines in 1925. The company has its own vineyards and most of the grapes used in their Madeira wines come from their own fields. This wine has been matured for 5 years in an oak barrel before bottling. A 75 cl bottle cost €9.90.

The color of the wine resembles Coca-Cola. The aroma has nuts, dried fruit and dark caramel. The taste is sweet, but there is also enough acidity that the taste is well balanced. The taste has dark cherry, nuts and a bit of a bitter woody aroma. H&H 5YO is a tawny-style Madeira wine. The taste has more nutty aromas than basic tawny ports, but otherwise it is not very different from them. The taste is not very aromatic, rather fairly mature. Based on my little experience with Madeira wine, I could say that it is quite a typical fortified wine sold in supermarkets.


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