Sandeman 10 Year Old Tawny Port, Duoro, Portugal

Grapes for Sandeman ports are hand-picked and harvest timing is decided depending on the intended style. For tawnies, grapes are picked with an acidity structure which emphasises freshness in the final bottled wine, as this is crucial for creating balance in wood-aged styles. They are also more delicate and aromatic than the grapes used for bottle-aged ports (e.g. late bottled vintage and vintage styles). The grapes are destemmed and crushed before fermentation at controlled temperatures, with skin maceration to extract tannin, colour and flavour. For tawny styles, this takes place in stainless steel tanks with punch downs and pumping over. The moment of fortification with a neutral grape spirit is chosen by the winemaker following analysis of must densities according to the vine variety, maturation stage and the final sweetness required. After the harvest, the wines remain in the Douro until the following spring, when they are taken to Vila Nova de Gaia and enter Sandeman's centuries-old lodges for ageing in small, used oak barrels. Over the years, the wines selected for this 10 Year Old Tawny are carefully tasted, analysed and racked from lees. The final blend is from a selection of wines between 9-12 years of age, blended to maintain consistency and character.

Tasting Notes

 

 The wine has an intense, bright tawny colour with shades of brick red, typical of this style of Port. The aroma is elegant and complex, combining ripe fruit and nuts, with hints of vanilla and raisins. Sandeman 10 Year Old Tawny is full-bodied and appealing wine, tremendous length. Serve chilled in a tulip-shaped wine glass to allow the perfumes to express themselves.

  • Feature(s): Sustainable
  • Winemaker: Luís Sottomayor
  • Alcohol (ABV): 20 %
  • Acidity: 4.58 g/l
  • Residual sugar: 101 g/l
  • pH: 3.22

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