This 20-Year-Old Tawny Port boasts huge intensity and complexity of flavour and is a blend of wines from carefully selected barrels which have spent between 15 to 40 years ageing in the historic Sandeman cellars in Vila Nova de Gaia.
Grapes destined for the Aged Tawny Ports need to have great intensity of flavour in order to produce a wine which can stand up to decades of ageing in barrel. The grapes which make it into the Sandeman 20-Year-Old Tawny are sourced from prime vineyard sites in the Cima Corgo sub-region of the Douro, including Sandeman’s spectacular Quinta do Seixo estate. A large proportion of fruit from old vines is used in the blend as these produce lower yields of grapes with very concentrated flavours. The soil in the Douro Valley is schist - a slate-like metamorphic rock that fractures vertically, allowing the vine roots to dig deep to access water and nutrients to sustain them through the hot Douro summers. The vines are planted on terraces supported by dry stone walls on the steep hillsides sloping down to the Douro river. Given the steep gradients and the inaccessibility for machinery, vineyard operations and harvesting are carried out by hand.