Sandeman has one of the more recognizable labels in the Porto wine industry. The black-cloaked Sandeman Don was created in 1928. However the history of this internationally renowned Porto wine producer dates back much further than the 1920s. The Porto shipper was founded in London in 1790 by George Sandeman, a Scotsman from Perth. Initially the business focused on sherry but Mr. Sandeman quickly added Port to the portfolio and today Sandeman also produces a brandy. In 1980 Seagram, the multinational Canadian company, bought Sandeman, which led to critiques that production became more focused on quantity over quality. Then in 1990 George Sandeman, the 7th generation of the family, moved to Oporto and began managing operations. In 2001 Sandeman’s Port and sherry production changed hands again, after being purchased by Sogrape, Portugal’s largest wine producer.
Today Sandeman produces 12 different labels of Porto, 1 brandy, and 10 sherries.
The review …
Sandeman Tawny Porto 10 Years Old
Tasting Notes: 20% ABV. Mahogany in the glass. A light yet fortified nose with aromas of toasted almonds, vanilla and rich, ripe plums and figs. In the mouth this wine has supple tannins and a thick, syrupy and smooth texture, accompanied by a cloying sweetness. There are flavors of vanilla, plums, molasses, blackberry preserves and prunes. Overall this wine is a little disjointed and lacking in expression and complexity.
Price: 20€ @ Snooth.com
Full Disclosure: This wine was sent to me for review from The Thomas Collective