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2015 Decanter World Wine Awards Bronze Trophy Winner
A rich yet elegant combination of flavours - dried apricots, honey, nuts, spices, vanilla - creates anendlessly complex wine that unfolds smoothly and develops in the mouth.
Sandeman Porto Tawny 20 Years Old is produced by the traditional Porto Wine method. Thehand-picked grapes undergo stalk-removal and crushing before fermentation, under controlledtemperature, with skin maceration so as to extract the best components. The addition of winealcohol at the ideal moment sets the balance between the wine's body and bouquet. This momentis chosen by the winemaker following strict control of fermentation temperatures and densities,the later depending on the vine variety, maturation stage and the final sweetness required.
The wines remain in the Douro until the following Spring, when they are taken to V.N.Gaia andenter Sandeman's centuries-old lodges for ageing in oak wood casks, as required by Porto Winetraditional ageing system. Along the years, the outstanding wines selected for this SandemanPorto Tawny 20 Years Old are carefully tasted and analysed, racked from lees and all correctionsdeemed necessary by the tasters are carried out. The final blend results from a strict selection ofwines aged between 15 and 40 years, masterfully combined so as to maintain Sandeman PortoTawny's 20 Years Old unique identity, style and consistency.
Tasting Note From Buyer: An intense, deeply flavoured Port, with a massive bouquet suggesting vanilla, oak and honey, and a mouthful of very complex flavours of dried fruits, spices, and nuts. As the wine unfolds smoothly and develops in the mouth, one discovers a superb balance of wood ageing and vibrancy, characteristic of Sandeman Tawny Portos.
Key Taste Descriptors: Cinnamon, Hazelnut, Honey
Food Pairing Suggestions: Chocolate, Fruit & Creamy Desserts, Strong Cheese
Awards & Ratings: International Wine Challenge - Gold, International Wine and Spirits Challenge - Gold