Founders Reserve Ruby 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. 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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Vineyards

The soil in the Douro Valley is made up of schist - a slate-like metamorphic rock that is rich in nutrients and has useful water retention properties. 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.

Vinification

Sandeman Founders Reserve Ruby Port is produced by the traditional Port method. The hand-picked grapes are destemmed and crushed before fermentation at controlled temperatures, with skin maceration to extract tannin, colour and flavour. 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 grape 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 large oak casks. Throughout the next few years, the wines are tasted and analysed by the oenology team. They prepare the final blend to retain Sandeman Founders Reserve's specfic style and character. The wines selected are usually between three and five years old, resulting in an intense wine with an average age of four years. The final blend is filtered and cold-stabilised prior to bottling.

Tasting Notes

Intense ruby red in colour. With rich red fruit aromas on the nose giving way to a powerful concentrated body, nicely balanced sweetness and smooth tannins, this is a delicious Ruby,

Vintage Information

Vintage NV
Grape varieties 0% Tinta Amarela
0% Tinta Roriz
0% Tinta Barroca
0% Tinto Cão
0% Touriga Franca
Region Douro
Winemaker Luís Sottomayor
Alcohol (ABV) 20%
Acidity 4g/l
Residual Sugar 95g/l
Wine pH 3.55