Sandeman Fine Tawny Porto
Selected from the lighter wines of each year, these Portos are chosen for ageing in small oak casks to develop their style. Sandeman Porto Fine Tawny has the fruit and style of great Porto but with an added finesse. Pale in color and light in body this Porto is superb as a chilled aperitif, or accompanying an appetizer, yet satisfying when served at the end of a meal.
- Clear red amber colors with a light intense body, open up to aromas of vanilla and evolved dried fruits. The elegant harmony and fresh flavor of red fruits unfold in the mouth and combine with the complexity of wood ageing and a good finish.
- Sandeman Porto Fine Tawny 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 Fine Tawny's style and character. The final blend is filtered and cold-stabilized prior to bottling.