Sandeman Porto Tawny 40 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. 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. Along the years, the exceptional wines selected for this Sandeman Porto Tawny 40 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 the strictest selection of wines usually between 30 and 55 years of age, masterfully and skilfully combined so as to achieve Sandeman Porto Tawny´s 40 Years Old unique identity, style and consistency.
An intense, deeply flavoured Porto Tawny, 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.
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 40 Years Old is ready for drinking and does not require decanting but benefits from aeration. Serve between 14ºC-16ºC. Once open, it should be consumed within 2-3 months.
A wine of great complexity, it is excellent served on its own or with a coffee, a small piece of chocolate of fine cocoa or even a cigar. It also goes very well with nutty desserts as well as more elaborate sweets and with intense cheeses.
Reviews and Awards:
. 95 points in Jamie Goode;
. 94 points in Wine Spectator Magazine;
. 93 points in CellarTracker;
. 93 points in Wine Enthusiast Magazine;
. 92 points in CellarTracker;
. Gold Outstanding International Wine & Spirit Competition 2014;
. Gold medal Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2014;
. Silver medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2014;
. Silver medal International Wine Challenge 2014;
. Regional Trophy Decanter World Wine Awards 2013;
. Silver medal International Wine & Spirit Competition 2013;
. Gold medal International Wine Challenge 2013;
. Gold medal Challenge International du Vin 2012;
. Gold medal Concours Mondial de Bruxelles 2012;
. Silver medal Decanter World Wine Awards 2012;
. Silver medal International Wine & Spirit Competition 2012;
. Gold medal International Wine Challenge 2012;
. Gold medal Vinalies Internationales 2012.