Wine: Sandeman Porto Founders Reserve (red)

August 7, 2015 port, red wines, sweet wines, wine, Wine Reviews 0

Wine: Sandeman Porto Founders Reserve (red)
Named in honour of the Founder, this Reserve is one of Sandeman´s greatest Portos. Selected from the finest «lots» of each vintage and aged for 5 years. Full of the power, fruit and fire that distinguishes classic Porto, Sandeman Porto Founders Reserve is the culmination of two hundred years of expertise.

Intense ruby red colour, brilliant and clean. Rich red fruit aromas with a touch of age create an elegant reflection of powerful flavours, the fruit and fire characteristic of young classic Porto balanced with the finesse of age.

Sandeman Porto Founders Reserve is produced by the traditional Porto Wine method. The hand picked grapes undergo stalk-removal and crushing before fermentation, under controlled temperature, with skin maceration so as to extract the best components. The addition of wine alcohol at the ideal moment sets the balance between the wine´s body and bouquet. This moment is chosen by the winemaker following strict control of fermentation temperatures and densities, the later depending on the vine variety, maturation stage and the final sweetness required.

After the harvest, the wines remain in the Douro until the following Spring, when they are taken to V.N.Gaia and enter Sandeman´s centuries-old lodges for ageing in oak wood casks, as required by Porto Wine traditional ageing system. Throughout the years the wines are carefully tasted and analysed by the oenology team who also makes all necessary corrections and prepares the final blend so as to keep Sandeman Porto Founders Reserve´s style and character. The wines selected are usually between 3 and 5 years of age, providing for a mature and intense wine with an average age of 4 years. The final blend is filtered and cold-stabilised prior to bottling.

Excellent on its own served in large glasses, Sandeman Porto Founders Reserve is a perfect match with cheeses or rich chocolate desserts.

My first port!

My husband and I had family over for the holiday weekend. My husband’s cousin is a port aficionado and introduced me to port. He picked this Sandeman Porto as a new vintage for both of us. As this is my first port, I had no clue what to expect.

The Sandeman is a very dark ruby color with a very sweet smell. It smelled almost sugary in a way. I felt I could smell a a lot of sugar and fruits – all dark fruits: plums? Cherries? And cream, most certainly I smell cream. It also smells very heavy to me.

The Sandeman tasted very sweet but heavy and creamy at the same time. The was so much sweetness it’s hard to taste any other flavors but it still tasted very strong and rich. And creamy. The Sandeman reminds me of cordial cherries in some way. And those cream cherry cordials, especially.

I can see not wanting to drink this on a summer day. It’s not a light wine.

With that being said, I did enjoy the Sandeman Port but it was a big difference from the reds I’m used to. I would try both port and Sandeman again but I think I would prefer this type of drink in the early spring, the late fall and winter. Summer is not an ideal season for this wine (for me).

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