Sandeman Vau Vintage Port (half-bottle) 1997

Port from Portugal

Item No. 16212
  • WS92
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Winemaker's Notes

Rich in the fruit and fire that typifies a great Vintage Port, Sandman 1997 Vau Vintage has full, lush qualities balanced by a good structure of tannins which make it appealing to drink young. It will also age well over the next decade.

Store Vau Vintage in an area that maintains a constant temperature of 50°F to 68°F, with some humidity and semi-darkness, avoiding bright, intense light. All Vintage Port should be stored in horizontal position allowing their long, straight corks to be moist, thus guaranteeing a perfect seal.

Although this wine is meant to be appreciated at an earlier stage of maturation in the bottle, there is potential for longer-term bottle aging if desired. As with all wines maturing in the bottle, Vau Vintage will throw natural sediments over the years. For greater enjoyment, it is important to decant the wine to avoid sediment and cloudiness. Stand the bottle up before opening and then remove the cork carefully using a good corkscrew. Slowly pass the wine into a decanter, taking care to leave all sediment in the bottle. Vau Vintage is ready to be served. As with all wines matured in bottle, enjoy within 24 hours of opening with intense rich, chocolate dessert, fine cheeses at the end of a meal, or as a digestive along with a good cigar.

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The House of Sandeman was founded in London in 1790 by George Sandeman, a determined young Scotsman. From a modest start two hundred years ago as a wine merchant in the City of London, to today's impressive lodges in Oporto and bodegas in Jerez, and the world's best known brand of Port and Sherry, there has been a continuous commitment to quality. The growth of Sandeman Port and...

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Learn About Portugal

Portugal The country best known for Port, Madeira and corks is often overlooked when consumers think of red and white still wines - but take note! The table wines of the region have improved dramatically in the past few decades. The winemaking areas trickle down the country's narrow shape, bordered by the Atlantic on the west and Spain on the east. Notable...

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Port Wine Port is a fortified wine that is made by adding brandy during fermentation. The addition of spirits kills the yeasts, which in turn halts the fermentation process. This results in a wine both sweet and high in alcohol. Named for its home city Oporto, true Port must come from the designated area. The grapes used are a blend,, but the favored grape thought to...

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