Sandeman 20yo Tawny Port (Gift Set)
GIFT SET - 75cl bottle of Sandeman 20yo Tawny Port and two glasses
Rich tawny in colour. On the nose, pronounced aromas of dried fruits, honey and roasted nuts combine with spicy notes of vanilla and cinnamon. A wine of great elegance, there is a perfect balance of sweetness and acidity on the palate and the complex flavours develop on the exceptionally concentrated and long finish.
Grapes destined for the Aged Tawny Ports need to have great intensity of flavour in order to produce a wine which can stand up to decades of ageing in barrel. The grapes which make it into the Sandeman 20-Year-Old Tawny are sourced from prime vineyard sites in the Cima Corgo sub-region of the Douro, including Sandeman’s spectacular Quinta do Seixo estate. For their 20yo Tawny, the wine is blended from barrels which have been ageing in Sandeman's historic cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia for up to 40 years.
A large proportion of fruit from old vines is used in the blend as these produce lower yields of grapes with very concentrated flavours. The soil in the Douro Valley is schist - a slate-like metamorphic rock that fractures vertically, allowing the vine roots to dig deep to access water and nutrients to sustain them through the hot Douro summers. The vines are planted on terraces supported by dry stone walls on the steep hillsides sloping down to the Douro river. Given the steep gradients and the inaccessibility for machinery, vineyard operations and harvesting are carried out by hand.