Sandeman Unfiltered LBV 2013

Awards and Accolades

  • Silver - Decanter World Wine Awards 2018

  • Silver - International Wine Challenge 2018

Sandeman Unfiltered LBV 2013
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Immediately recognisable from its mysterious cloaked figure on the label ('the Don'), Sandeman makes some of the best Port wines around. Rich, generous red fruit flavours, with hints of ginger and spice, it's ready to drink now but will improve too.

You could enjoy this at room temperature (remembering that for a wine we mean 16-18°C, so watch that heating thermostat), or you could experiment and have it lightly chilled, at around 14°C. It's not heresy; in fact, Richard Hemming MW listed this wine as Jancis Robinson's 'wine of the week', claiming, "The flavours really popped, seeming more fresh, precise and vibrant than they would have been at room temperature. After all, sweet, fruity cocktails are served cold – so why not port?"

This Port was bottled unfiltered which means there are the right conditions for it to age. It is rich and dense with jammy black fruits and ripe tannins. Dried black plums and dates are backed up by a dry core and by fine acidity Wine Spectator 90 pts
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Percentage Alcohol

20.5

Region

Douro

Grape Variety

ArrayTinta Roriz, Touriga Franca, Touriga Nacional

Country

Portugal

Style

ArrayFull-Bodied Red, Oaked Red, Sweet Red

Food Match

ArrayBlue Cheese, Charcuterie, Chocolate

Vegan

Vegan

£18.99
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The Producer

Since 1928 the 'Don' that we all know has been the icon of Sandeman's Port, but the history goes way back to 1790 when the Port and Sherry trade was just emerging.

2002 saw the start of significant investment aiming to improve the vineyards and winemaking, ensuring that the best is made of the quality grapes grown in the Sandeman vineyards. Now under the helm of George, seventh generation Sandeman, the family secrets are still incorporated in each bottle produced. Over the years the company also turned their hand to Sherry, Brandy and Madeira production. We're sure that fortified wine will be running through the family veins.

Winemaking

Traditional Port production requires patience and the Sandemans team have just that.

The perfectly ripe Touriga Franca, Tinta Roriz and Touriga National grapes are crushed the classic foot-treading method in large vats (lagars) before fermentation. The wine undergoes regular pumping over to ensure that all the rich red and black fruit flavours are extracted from the skins while being carefully monitored and fortified with brandy at the ideal moment. The wines stay in the Douro Valley until spring, and then make the historic journey along the Douro river to Vila Nova de Gaia when it matures in oak vats before blending and bottling.

The Region

The Douro Valley is known as one of the most difficult regions to grow grapes. The farmers and winemakers battle with an arid climate, steeply terraced vineyards and a ban on irrigation (this is called 'dry farming').

Sandeman's aims for the highest quality which is why they plant each terrace with a maximum of three rows of vines on highly regarded schist soils. Schist soil is rich in nutrients and helps to retain water, and is known in the Douro for producing the best grapes, which you might notice in the taste of their Port.
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