Sandeman ‘20 Year Old’ Tawny Port
Grape Varietals: Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz, Tinta Amarela, Tinta Barroca & Tinto Cão
Growing Region: Douro Valley - Portugal
Head Winemaker: Luís Sottomayor
5 Stars ★★★★★
Chief winemaker Luís Sottomayor and his dedicated team have used traditional Port Wine methods and techniques to craft this unique Port. Over 20 years ago the hand-picked grapes underwent stalk-removal and crushing before fermentation was initiated, which was under controlled temperatures, with gentle and prolonged skin maceration, to extract the best colour, aromas, fruit flavours and structure for ageing.
Then the addition of grape spirit at the key stage in the process which sets the balance between the wine’s bouquet and mouth feel. This moment is chosen by the winemaker following strict control of fermentation and its density, with the later depending on the grape varietal and quality, along with maturation and the final level of balanced sweetness.
The wines remain in the Douro valley until the following spring, when they are taken down to Vila Nova de Gaia to enter the Sandeman cellars which were founded in 1790 and used for ageing in oak casks, as required by the traditional Porto Wine ageing system. Through the years, the outstanding wines selected for this 20 Years Old Sandeman Tawny Port are carefully tasted and assessed, racked off their lees and any blend adjustments deemed necessary by the tasters are carried out. Over time the colour matures from a deep ruby red through to an amber, producing a rare and delicious Tawny Port. For this wine the final blend is the result of a strict selection of wines between 15 and 40 years of age, masterfully combined to maintain Sandeman’s 20 Years Old unique identity, style and consistency.
Before opening, please note that you should keep the bottle upright, protected from light, variable humidity, vibration and at a constant temperature of around 16ºC - 18ºC.
When serving - this Sandeman ‘20 Years Old’ Tawny Port is ready for drinking and does not require decanting to collect a heavy sediment as it has been fined before bottling - but it will benefit from a short time of aeration. Once opened, store in a dark cool place and it should be consumed within 2-3 months.
• As you pour this aged Port into your glass you will be greeted by a pale nearly translucent amber gold colour. This Port on the nose is expressing an elegant combination of flavours - dried apricots, honey, nuts, dried spices and vanilla. Which all carry through onto the elegant palate - where the time in oak and the level of warm alcohol and sweetness have combined to create an endlessly complex wine which unfolds silky smooth and develops in the mouth and lingers pleasingly for quite some time.
In this ‘20 Years Old’ Tawny Port - maturity, fruit and layered nut and spice characters are harmoniously balanced, creating the perfect conclusion to a meal and the inspiration for even more good conversation.
This Sandeman ‘20 Year Old’ Tawny Port has 20% Alc./vol. and 115g/L of residual sugar. No decanting required and serve in a white wine shaped glass at 12º- 16ºC. *NZ$89.99
CELLARING POTENTIAL: *(Review 12/8/22)
No further ageing required - drinking perfectly well this coming season; and will age/hold well for another 3 - 5 years.
FOOD PAIRING SUGGESTIONS:
Perfect wine when served slightly chilled with tiramisu, coffee-chocolate cream desserts, nut and dried fruit based desserts, fruit cakes, and mild blue creamy cheeses - enjoy.