The H&H Verdelho Single Harvest 2007 is a colheita bottling: an early-bottled vintage wine. (H&H prefer to use the term Single Harvest, a rough translation of Colheita.) This is unique among Madeira wines: a single-vineyard wine produced exclusively with estate fruit. H&H's Quinta Grande estate is 350-700 meters above sea level. The wine was aged for 12 years in ancient casks at the H&H cellars at Câmara de Lobos. It combines a vineyard signature of shimmering acidity and hints of eucalyptus with the depth of concentration and elegance for which H&H is renowned.
No relation to the ‘Verdejo’ of the Iberian peninsula, Verdelho is one of the four ‘classic’ Madeira varieties, along with Sercial, Boal and Malvasia. In the vineyard, it has proven itself the most adaptable and is now the most widely planted of them, with 51-ha under vine, including 10-ha at H&H’s Quinta Grande vineyard at Ribeira do Escrivão, Campanario (largest on the island). Combining elegance and power in equal measure, its citrus fruits are marked by smoke and sea spray, roasted nuts and island spices. While Sercial is seco, Verdelho is meio secco—‘medium-dry’—its formidable acidity providing the structure and balance to make it the most approachable of all madeiras, highly versatile at the table.