Sandeman Porto Founders Reserve is produced by the traditional Porto Wine method. The hand picked grapes undergo stalk-removal and crushing before fermentation, under controlled temperature, with skin maceration so as to extract the best components. The addition of wine alcohol at the ideal moment sets the balance between the wine´s body and bouquet. This moment is 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. After the harvest, the wines remain in the Douro until the following Spring, when they are taken to V.N.Gaia and enter Sandeman´s centuries-old lodges for ageing in oak wood casks, as required by Porto Wine traditional ageing system. Throughout the years the wines are carefully tasted and analysed by the oenology team who also makes all necessary corrections and prepares the final blend so as to keep Sandeman Porto Founders Reserve´s style and character. The wines selected are usually between 3 and 5 years of age, providing for a mature and intense wine with an average age of 4 years. The final blend is filtered and cold-stabilised prior to bottling.
Intense ruby red colour, brilliant and clean. Rich red fruit aromas with a touch of age create an elegant reflection of powerful flavours, the fruit and fire characteristic of young classic Porto balanced with the finesse of age.
Store and Serve Advices:
The bottle should be kept upright, protected from light and humidity, at a constant temperature of 16ºC-18ºC. Sandeman Porto Founders Reserve is ready for drinking and does not require decanting. Serve between 14ºC-16ºC. Once open, it should be consumed within 4 weeks.
Excellent on its own served in large glasses, Sandeman Porto Founders Reserve is a perfect match with cheeses or rich chocolate desserts.
Reviews and Awards:
. 87 points in Wine Enthusiast Magazine;
. 87 points in Wine Spectator Magazine;
. 86 points in CellarTracker;
. 85 points in Wine & Spirits Magazine;
. Gold medal Vinalies Internationales 2014;
. Commended International Wine Challenge 2014;
. Silver medal International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014;
. Bronze medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2014;
. Bronze medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2013;
. Bronze medal International Wine & Spirit Competition 2013;
. Bronze medal International Wine Challenge 2013;
. Silver medal (Best In Class) International Wine & Spirit Competition 2010;
. Bronze medal San Francisco International Wine Competition 2010;
. Silver medal Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2009;
. Silver medal International Wine & Spirit Competition 2009;
. Silver medal San Francisco International Wine Competition 2009;
. Silver medal The Dallas Wine Competition 2009;
. Commended Decanter World Wine Awards 2008.