Good deep colour, a bit of spice with the quite juicily expressive red and black fruit. Fine tannins which are quite caressing but have real depth. Not amongst the most massive, but there's no doubting the intensity and density of the constitution here. Rating: 93-93 L&S (May 2017)
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HEAD WINEMAKER: Luís Sottomayor. VARIETIES: 40% Touriga Franca, 40% Touriga Nacional, 10% Tinta Roriz, 5% Tinto Cão, 5% Sousão WINEMAKING Gentle crushing and partial de-stemming of the perfectly ripened fruit was followed by a very intense period of maceration with the alcoholic fermentation. To achieve the optimum skin extraction that delivers the colour, flavour, tannin components for a Vintage Port, the grapes were pressed in the granite "lagares" at controlled temperatures of 28ºC. During this phase the temperature, fermentation and density of each grape variety, allowing for individual ripeness and sugar levels, were carefully monitored to determine the addition of the aguardente (neutral grape alcohol at 77%) to arrest fermentation and fortify the wine. MATURATION In keeping with Port wine tradition, this wine remained in the Douro Region, at Quinta do Seixo, until the following spring, when it was transported to Sandeman's cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia for maturation in "balseiros". The final blend was assembled after a rigorous and lengthy qualitative process based on many, many tastings. In the tradition of Vintage Port, the Sandeman 2011 Vintage Port was bottled in April 2013 without finning or filtration and therefore is likely to throw a deposit and will require decanting. TECHNICAL DETAILS Alcohol: 21% | Total Acidity: 5,42 g/l (tartaric acid) | Sugar: 106 g/l | pH: 3,54 | 15,000 bottles Winemaker's notes
The Sandeman was tasted from a finished pre-bottling sample, but already it is shaping up to be one of the finest releases from the “man in black.” It is a blend of 40% Touriga Naçional, 40% Touriga Franca, 10% Tinta Roriz, 5% Sousao and 5% Tinta Cao sourced mainly from Quinta do Vau and Quinta do Seixo. It has a very pure bouquet, the Touriga Naçional the most expressive, with crème de cassis, kirsch, blueberry jam and marmalade that is well-defined and very sensual. The palate is medium-bodied with very good structure – real backbone here and very precise tannins. There is great focus and poise, with plenty of red berry fruit intermingling with white pepper and rosemary towards the long finish. This is very satisfying. Rating: 92-94 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com
Pitch dark - thick and glutinous. Loads of powdery tannin, loads of fruit richness. Layered and detailed, with all the classic port notes of dried fruit and floral perfume. Exemplary. Drinking range: 2016 - 2036 Rating: 18 Richard Hemming - www.JancisRobinson.com (Sep 2015)
Very bright purple. Very flattering, rather 'smudgy', comfortable and comforting nose. Sinewy underneath and the structure and schist soon asserts itself above the undoubted fruit. Exciting stuff. Clearly a lot of effort has gone into this. A long-term prospect but flashy enough to enjoy relatively young. Rating: 17.5 Jancis Robinson MW OBE - www.JancisRobinson.com
The mix of black fruits on the nose is fresh lively backed by hints of violets and pine needles. The start of the palate appears light but it fills out with rich blackcurrant and black cherry a fleshy middle. Towards the back red fruits are more to the fore wild cherry and wild strawberry and the finish has some peppery spice, a touch of nutmeg and cedar wood. 2030-45 Rating: 92 Derek Smedley MW, www.dereksmedleymw.co.uk
Scotsman George Sandeman set up business in Tom's Coffee House in London in 1790, trading in Ports and Sherries. An agency in Cadiz soon followed, and then a Port Lodge in Vila Nova de Gaia and, by the beginning of the 20th Century, Sandeman Ports and Sherries were to be found all across the world. Seven generations down the line, another George Sandeman can be found at the helm of the House of Sandeman, although the family relinquished ownership in 1980. Sandeman are now owned by Sogrape. Sandeman's most widely admired products are their aged Tawny Ports.
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