Sandeman

Douro, Portugal

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Vegan
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There are few more iconic images in the world of wine than the ‘Don’, the logo created for the Sandeman family in 1928 by George Massiot Brown. The cape was modelled on the attire worn by students of the University of Porto, while the wide-brimmed hat was a nod to the family’s presence in Jerez.

Today, the Sandeman Ports are becoming every bit as famous as the image of the Don. This hasn’t always been the case, but since the Guedes family bought Sandeman from Seagram in 2002, the major investment that has taken place in the vineyards and the winemaking has seen them rise to the top of the tree in the Port trade. The production of Port – especially Tawny – requires patience, dedication and a long-term vision, something which explains why families like the Guedes and the Symingtons are the major players in the Port business today.

The state-of-the-art Sandeman winery, built in 2007, is at the breathtakingly beautiful Quinta do Seixo, situated on the south bank of the Douro, just downstream from Pinhão. The winery is perched on top of a hill that is garlanded by terrace after terrace of vines, some of which are over 100 years old. Quinta do Seixo covers 108 hectares, 71 hectares of which are under vine and many of the plots here boast an ‘A grade’ classification in the ‘Cadastro’ ranking system of Douro vineyards. The wines reflect the sustained investment of the Guedes family and the skill of winemaker Luís Sottomayor, gradually and modestly, he has transformed the fortunes of Sandeman.

The Single Quinta Vintage Port from Quinta do Seixo is a beautiful expression of this estate’s unique sense of place. A quarter of the grapes in the blend come from a small field-blend plot of over 100-year-old vines, these are extremely low-yielding and produce intensely concentrated fruit. The recently declared 2019 vintage was characterised by cooler than usual conditions in the Douro. This translates into delicate floral notes and hints of mint alongside precise cherry and blackberry fruit and a vibrant acidity which carries the intense flavours onto the long finish.

Another expression of place is the ‘Vau’ Vintage Port. The grapes in this Tinta Roriz-dominant blend come from Sandeman’s 73-hectare Quinta do Vau estate. The 1999 showcases the bright red fruit character of Tinta Roriz alongside the tertiary complexity of decades of bottle age.

A Vintage Port is only produced in truly outstanding years. The recently declared 2018 has been described by Luís as “one of the best, if not the best, vintage years I have witnessed” and was awarded the Vintage Port Trophy at the 2021 International Wine Challenge. A blend of Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Sousão and Tinto Cão sourced from the best plots on the Quinta do Seixo and Quinta do Vau estates and foot trodden in Quinta do Seixo’s granite lagares, this bears the Sandeman hallmarks of powerful structure and incredible depth of flavour.

The Sandeman Unfiltered Late Bottled Vintage it is one of the best LBVs on the market. A blend of Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Barroca and Tinto Cão, it boasts intense aromas of ripe black fruits married with a chocolatey richness.

The Sandeman range of Aged Tawny Ports is the most highly awarded of any Port House. These intense and complex Ports undergo extended periods of ageing in oak casks in the Sandeman lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia. The 10-Year-Old Tawny marries mellow fruit flavours with nutty hints. The 20-Year-Old has intense flavours of dried fruits, caramel and roasted nuts balanced by a lovely freshness. Moving up the scale towards ever greater complexity, the intensity and sprightliness of the 30-Year-Old is remarkable given how long it has spent ageing. As proven by the many trophies and ‘Best In Show’ awards that it has been garlanded with over the years, the 40-Year-Old is the pinnacle of premium Tawny Port, with absolutely staggering complexity and length.

All wines from this producer

Producer
Wine
Product Code
Features
Style
Sandeman50-Year-Old Tawny Port In Wooden Gift BoxSA142
Vegetarian
Vegan
Sustainable
P
Port
Imperial Tawny PortSA107
Sustainable
P
Port
Factsheet
Unfiltered Late Bottled Vintage PortSA108
Vegetarian
Vegan
P
Port
Factsheet
20-Year-Old Tawny PortSA109
Sustainable
P
Port
Factsheet
Vintage Port In Gift BoxSA112
Vegetarian
Vegan
Factsheet
Founder's Reserve Ruby PortSA113
Sustainable
P
Port
Factsheet
Tawny PortSA114
Sustainable
P
Port
Factsheet
10-Year-Old Tawny PortSA116
Sustainable
P
Port
Factsheet
30-Year-Old Tawny Port In Gift BoxSA117
Sustainable
P
Port
Factsheet
40-Year-Old Tawny Port In Gift BoxSA118
Sustainable
P
Port
Factsheet
`Vau` Vintage PortSA120
Vegetarian
Vegan
Sustainable
P
Port
Factsheet
`Quinta do Seixo` PortSA121
Vegetarian
Vegan
Sustainable
P
Port
Factsheet
White Port In Gift BoxSA124
Factsheet
Ruby PortSA127
Sustainable
P
Port
Factsheet