Sandeman is now the most awarded Port Wine brand In the world. The state-of-the-art Sandeman winery, built in 2007, is at the breathtakingly beautiful Quinta do Seixo, on the south bank of the Douro, just downstream from Pinhao. The winery is perched on a hill that is garlanded by terrace after terrace of vines, some more than 100 years old.
Selected for its classic and exceptional characteristics, Sandeman Porto Vintage 2018 is a single-year wine that will age in the bottle for 30 or 40 years.
Vintage 2018: Winemaking:
Grapes from the best plots at the Quintas do Seixo and Vau estates, were fermented at the Quinta do Seixo Winery according to the traditional Porto Wine method in granite treading tanks. This ancestral winemaking method allows the grapes to release their constituents and naturally express the aromas of the grape variety and its terroir. After the harvest the wine remains in the Douro region and then are transported to the cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia the following spring. The wines then begin their usual ageing process in oak vats. During this period, the wines undergo rackings, analysis and tastings, which allow their ageing to be monitored. The final blend is obtained from the careful selection of wines, in a tireless quest for maximum quality.
Vintage 2018: Tasting Notes:
Deep colour, almost opaque. Aroma of excellent complexity, with spicy notes, together with curry, pepper, ginger, red berries and black fruits. The wine has a light cacao touch with a slightly stony finish, the result of good maturation. On the palate it is intense and complex with lively acidity, firm and well present tannins with an extremely long finish and great concentration.
Store and Serve Advice:
Keep the bottle in a horizontal position, away from light and heat. While maturing in the bottle, it becomes increasingly complex, Its longevity can be estimated at several decades after bottling. Sediments will naturally form in the bottle, which should be opened carefully and decanted for better appreciation. It is a remarkable wine that benefits from being opened some time before consumption. Serve at 16ºC-18ºC.
Its elegant and complex profile ideally matches chocolate-rich desserts, red berry tarts and strong cheeses.
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