Sandeman Porto Tawny 20 Years Old 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. 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. Along the years, the outstanding wines selected for this Sandeman Porto Tawny 20 Years Old are carefully tasted and analysed, racked from lees and all corrections deemed necessary by the tasters are carried out. The final blend results from a strict selection of wines aged between 15 and 40 years, masterfully combined so as to maintain Sandeman Porto Tawny´s 20 Years Old unique identity, style and consistency.
A rich yet elegant combination of flavours - dried apricots, honey, nuts, spices, vanilla - creates an endlessly complex wine that unfolds smoothly and develops in the mouth.
Store and Serve Advices:
The bottle should be kept upright, protected from light and humidity, at a constant temperature of 16ºC-18ºC. Sandeman Porto Tawny 20 Years Old is ready for drinking and does not require decanting but benefits from aeration. Once open, it should be consumed within 2-3 months. Serve between 12ºC-16ºC.
It is delightful served slightly chilled as a stylish accompaniment to a rich appetiser such as foie-gras, a strong cheese quiche, salty vol-au-vents or a seafood gratin. Perfect with selected desserts such as a crème brûlée or a tarte tatin, dried fruits or simply a fresh peach. An elegant aperitif when served chilled.
Reviews and Awards:
. 91 points in Wine Enthusiast Magazine;
. 91 points in Wine Spectator Magazine;
. 90 points in CellarTracker;
. 88 points in Wine & Spirits Magazine;
. 18 points in Decanter Magazine;
. 17,5 points in Revista de Vinhos;
. 16 points in Jancis Robinson;
. Gold medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2014;
. Silver Outstanding International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014;
. Silver medal International Wine Challenge 2014;
. Silver medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2013;
. Silver Outstanding medal International Wine & Spirit Competition 2013;
. Bronze medal International Wine Challenge 2013;
. Gold medal Vinalies Internationales 2013;
. Silver medal Challenge International du Vin 2012;
. Silver medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2012;
. Silver medal Hong Kong International Wine & Spirit Competition 2012;
. Gold Outstanding medal International Wine & Spirit Competition 2012;
. Silver medal International Wine Challenge 2012.