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 L&S (May 2013)
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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 MW - www.JancisRobinson.com (Sep 2015)
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 (Dec 2013)
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.vinous.com (May 2013)
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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