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.
The name Seixo means ‘pebble’ in Portuguese, which is a reference to the stony topsoil sitting on top of schist in the vineyard. Situated to the west of the village of Pinhão, it has a privileged location on the south bank of the river at the convergence of the river Torto and the river Douro. This orientation gives it one northwest aspect (over the Douro) and another northeast (over the Torto) meaning that grapes can be picked at different levels of maturity adding depth and complexity to the wines. The vineyard has 71 hectares under vine, much of which was replanted in 1979 with the top varieties. During this re-planting, a section of vineyard with vines over 100 years in age was identified and protected.
2015 in the Douro was a year of good yields and excellent quality. However, an inauspicious start to the growing cycle as winter failed to deliver the normal amount of rain to replenish groundwater levels. The following months were both dry and mild allowing a slow, consistant vine growth with the dryness keeping disease at bay. A warm, but also predominantly dry, summer meant that the grapes ripened uniformly through to the harvest where rain in mid-September allowed for the perfect balance of colour, tannins, acidity, and alcohol.
Grapes from the best plots in the vineyard underwent an intense period of maceration while alcoholic fermentation began. The maceration took place using traditional foot treading techniques in granite ‘lagares’ at controlled temperatures of around 28ºC. Aguardente was added to halt fermentation at the optimum moment to maintain a balance of aromatics, tannins and fruit flavours. The wine remained at Quinta do Seixo until the following spring, when it was transported to Sandeman's cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia for maturation.
Deep red in colour, almost opaque. Intense aromas of cherries, cedar and chocolate, with spicy notes of black pepper and clove. 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||0% Other Native Red Varietals
0% Tinta Francisca
0% Touriga Franca
0% Touriga Nacional
|Region||Cima Corgo, Douro|
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