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.
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.
The grapes were hand-picked at optimal maturation and were vinified following the traditional Port method. Fermentation took place in robotic lagars and stainless steel vats, with skin maceration under controlled temperatures to extract colour, tannin and flavour compounds. Fermentation was halted through the addition of grape spirit at the ideal point for each vine variety. The exceptional wines chosen to make up the final blend of the Sandeman Vau Vintage Port were taken to the lodges in Vila Nova de Gaia where, after two years, the final blend was bottled with no prior treatment, in black glass sealed with a long natural cork closure for prolonged ageing.
The Vau Vintage 1999 has a deep ruby colour. It has an intense and complex bouquet on the nose with a prevalence of bright red fruits such as strawberries. In the mouth, rich plummy flavours with hints of strawberry are supported by structured tannins which give a firm backbone to the wine and will allow it to age for many years.
|Grape varieties||0% Tinta Roriz
0% Touriga Franca
0% Touriga Nacional
0% Tinta Amarela
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