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.
With about 108 acres in total, production at Quinta do Seixo, situated in the Cima Corgo sub-region, relies on 71 acres of selected vineyards planted on terraces and under the vinha ao alto vertical vineyard system. Most of the vines at Quinta do Seixo are at least 100 years old.
The winter of 2012/2013 was cold and rainy, as was the spring. Temperatures in the summer were lower than usual with very low rainfall. The vines were behind schedule and remained so, right up to the vintage, which began on average around 8-10 days late. Rainfall, including some very heavy downpours, disrupted picking at the end of September and early October.
Sandeman Quinta do Seixo 2013 is made at the Quinta do Seixo winery from grapes from different sections of the Quinta's vineyards. Gentle crushing and partial destemming was followed by intense maceration during the alcoholic fermentation. The maceration was done by treading in traditional granite lagars (shallow fermentation troughs). The wine remained in the Douro until the following spring, when it was transported to Vila Nova de Gaia to embark upon the traditional ageing process in oak vats. Its development in its first two years of life was carefully monitored under the winemakers' watchful eyes.
Deep purple in colour, almost opaque. Intense, powerful aromas of cherries, raspberries, plums and blueberries mingle with spicy notes reminiscent of pepper and nutmeg, and touches of resin and cedar wood. It has a taut structure with firm tannins, good acidity and spicy red fruit flavours. The finish is long, with plenty of character.
|Grape varieties||29% Touriga Nacional
27% Other Native Red Varietals
24% Touriga Franca
5% Tinta Francisca
|Region||Cima Corgo, Douro|
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