LBV Port

Douro

Sandeman

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. This hasn’t always been the case, but since Sogrape bought Sandeman from Seagram in 2002, the major investment that has taken place in the vineyards and the winemaking has seen them 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 and the Symingtons are the major players in the Port business today.

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Vineyards

The soil in the Douro Valley is made up of schist and the vines are grown on terraces cut into the steep hillsides of the Douro Valley. Each terrace can hold up to three rows of vines.

Vintage Information

2011 was noteable for a relatively rainy winter, which helped to replenish groundwater. During the spring, rainfall was slightly below average. There were two spikes of hot weather, one in April and the other, significantly hotter, in May. Temperatures during June and July were slightly below average, but in August the temperatures oscillated between very high and abnormally low, with rain throughout the whole region on 21st August and 1st September. These factors made for a very balanced and long ripening period.

Vinification

Sandeman LBV Port 2011 was produced by the traditional Port method, with a long, intense maceration during alcoholic fermentation with the aim of extracting tannin, colour and flavour from the skins. This was done both by foot-treading in traditional granite lagars (shallow vats), and by pumping over. Fermentation temperatures and densities were carefully monitored to choose the ideal moment to fortify. The wine's balance and harmony as well as its body and structure depend on both grape selection and the decision as to when to fortify. The wines remained in the Douro until the spring when they were transported to Vila Nova de Gaia to mature in large oak vats. The final blend was created from wines that had been carefully selected by regular tasting and analysis.

Tasting Notes

Very deep ruby in colour. On the nose, intense and complex aromas emerge with notes of plum and blackberry, tobacco and cedar, a touch of mint, pepper and ginger and attractive hints of cocoa from oak ageing. A delightfully full-bodied wine, with evident but agreeable tannins, bright acidity, rich flavours and a long, harmonious finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2011
Grape varieties 40% Touriga Franca
40% Touriga Nacional
10% Tinta Roriz
5% Tinto Cão
5% Souzão
Region Douro
Winemaker Luís Sottomayor
Alcohol (ABV) 21%
Acidity 5.42g/l
Residual Sugar 106g/l
Wine pH 3.54