Imperial Tawny Port



There are few more iconic images in the world of wine than the...

‘Don’, the logo created for the Sandeman family in 1928 by George Massiot Brown. The cape was modelled on the attire worn by university students in Porto, while the wide-brimmed hat was a nod to the family’s presence in Jerez. Today, the wines are good enough to be every bit as famous as the image of the Don. Since Sogrape bought Sandeman in 2002, the major improvements and investment that have taken place in the vineyards and the winemaking has seen the wines rise to the top of the tree in Port. The production of Port – especially Tawny – requires patience and a long-term vision, something which explains why families like the Guedes are among the major players in the Port business today.

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The soil in the Douro Valley is made up of schist - a slate-like metamorphic rock that is poor in nutrients and has useful water retention properties. The nutrient poor soil forces the vines to lay down deep roots which in turn allow the vines to produce high quality but low yield grapes. The vines are grown on terraces cut into the steep hillsides of the Douro Valley. The terraces are walled with cut schist to prevent erosion, otherwise torrential rains would wash loose stones down the slopes and into the river. Each terrace can hold up to three rows of vines. Tawny ports themselves are field blends. Each year different quantities of the same varietals will be used to recreate the profile of the blend. .


The hand-picked grapes are destemmed and crushed before fermentation at controlled temperatures, with some skin maceration to extract flavour components from the skins. The addition of grape spirit at the ideal moment sets the balance between the wine's sweetness and bouquet. The moment of fortification is chosen by the winemaker following strict control of fermentation temperatures and densities according to 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 Vila Nova de Gaia and enter Sandeman's centuries-old lodges for ageing in oak casks. The final blend is composed with wines from different ages and origins to achieve a consistent style and quality. The selected wines usually vary between 4 and 12 years of age, achieving an average age of about 7 years.

Tasting Notes

A premium Tawny blend with an amber colour. Full of elegant flavours, Sandeman Imperial Tawny perfectly balances youthful fruits with more mature notes of dried fruits, nuts and fresh vanilla aromas. Rich in the mouth, its complex layers are long lasting on the finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage NV
Grape varieties 0% Tinta Amarela
0% Tinta Roriz
0% Tinta Barroca
0% Tinto Cão
0% Touriga Franca
0% Touriga Nacional
Region Douro
Winemaker Luís Sottomayor
Alcohol (ABV) 20%
Acidity 4g/l
Residual Sugar 97g/l
Wine pH 3.55