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 October 2013 

 16/10/2013

Presenter: 

PDFPaul Raven

Wines Region / Country Source Cost Comments
1. Esk Valley 2011 Verdelho
Hawkes Bay, New Zealand
The Drink Shop
£10.26
14%. It had a little flint on the nose. Along with a pleasant texture there was lovely weight on the palate with a good balance and a rich herbalness.
2. Rivera 2010 Salice Salentino, Negroamaro
Puglia, Italy
The Drink Shop
£9.25
13%. It had a raspberry nose with a little blackcurrant. Dark flavours, a bit green at the edges and a little rough/lean, but with a pleasant cherry finish – light to medium bodied.
3. Henriques and Henriques 5 year old Medium Dry
Madeira, Portugal
The Drink Shop
£9.87
50cl, 19%. There was burnt toffee and caramel on the nose, some raisin and alcohol. A lifted finish and a leanness and woody bitterness underneath the sweetness.
4. Henriques and Henriques 1998 Medium Rich
Madeira, Portugal
The Drink Shop
£16.89
50cl, 19%. Similar aroma to the previous wine but with much more depth. Smoky with a sour/savoury aspect, more tart acidity and a hint of burnt marmalade.
5. Blandys 10 year old Sercial
Madeira, Portugal
The Drink Shop
£17.19
50cl, 19%. It was a touch raw and quite Sherry-like. It had a simple attack, quickly moving into an enjoyable sourish mid-palate and then a strong finish of burnt nuts (hazelnuts) with some embers/ash.
6. Blandys 10 year old Verdelho
Madeira, Portugal
The Drink Shop
£17.19
50cl, 19%. There was salted caramel on the nose and the palate. It was a restrained wine, very well balanced, but without any highlights – from start to finish on the same note.
7. Henriques and Henriques 10 year old Bual
Madeira, Portugal
The Drink Shop
£17.30
50cl, 20%. There was a savoury aspect to the nose, salty and alcoholic. Good balance with forward acidity, velvety texture and a nutty, burnt finish.
8. Blandys 10 year old Malmsey
Madeira, Portugal
The Drink Shop
£17.30
50cl. It had a rich, baked nose with some ginger-ale and burnt toffee. Caramel on the palate and toffee again, it was rich and sweet with baked fig flavours, although it died a little at the end.
9. D'Oliverias 1990 Malvezia
Madeira, Portugal
Producer
£65
75cl. Tingly acidity and hazelnuts on the nose. Tart, edgy and roasted – maybe a little aggressive and finished complex, demanding contemplation. For a Malvasia this actually reminded some more of a well done Bual, acidity over sweetness.

Madeira:
The Island of Madeira was colonised by the Portuguese in 1420 and by the 16th Century there was an established industry supplying wine to ships destined for long voyages to South America, Africa and the East Indies. PDFClick on the PDF to the right for a more detailed history of the Island and its wines by the Instituto do Vinho, do Bordado e do Artesanato da Madeira, I. P.

Henriques and Henriques are one of the only Madeira producers to actually own their own vineyards.
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