Grape Varietals: 35% Touriga Franca, 35% Touriga Nacional, 15% Tinta Roriz, 15% Tinta Amarela
Growing Region: Douro Valley, DOC Porto, Portugal
Chief Winemaker: Luís Sottomayor

I have been enjoying Sandeman Ports for many years, being first introduced to them in the early 1990’s. Like all Port Houses they have seen and undergone many changes and improvements during this time - but have always been a solid and trusted brand. Just like other fine wines across Europe in 2009 - they had high-quality parcels of fruit come in for this vintage.

 

With each parcel being carefully selected and brought together to create this strong, full character ‘Late Bottled Vintage’ 2009 Port. The 2009 growing season was dry, though with generally mild temperatures until an extremely hot period during August, causing quick ripening, which meant the harvest took place about two weeks earlier than previously. The burst of extreme heat gave rise to deeply coloured and very concentrated berries. In the more sheltered, high-altitude areas, the grapes achieved excellent colour and harmony, with very good aromatics and intense, quality tannins.
The carefully selected grapes were hand-picked at optimum maturation and fermentation took place in stainless steel tanks and being pressed under controlled temperatures. Fermentation was arrested at the desired level of sweetness of 109g/l.
The wines remained in the Douro until their allowed transfer in the winter following the vintage. Being transported to Vila Nova de Gaia in spring to start the traditional Porto wine maturation process, in large-size oak casks. During this period the wines are regularly tasted to monitor the wines evolution. Regular blending and adjustments are made when necessary to craft the final blend. Aged for about four years, this wine was bottled with only the slightest of filtration following tiny adjustments to retain the style of a single-year wine.
This Sandeman LBV 2009 has a deep red colour that fills the glass. It has a complex and intense aroma of ripe dark fruits, along with spicy notes such as cinnamon and clove. It also shows tobacco and rich cedar notes, with a delicate floral component. The palate is intense and complex, with excellent tannins and balanced acidity. Also showing a strong presence of dark fruits across the palate with cedar and cloves, giving this Port a long and harmonious finish. The resulting wine is naturally sweet, rich in flavour and full-bodied, with great aromatic concentration. This Sandeman LBV 2009 has 20.5% alcohol - and is ready to drink now and doesn’t require decanting, unless it has been aged for a long period of time. It should be served at between 15-17ºC. Once open, it should be enjoyed within 12-14 days.

An 'LBV' 2009 Port, packed with character.

CELLARING POTENTIAL:
Drinking perfectly well this winter season; and will age gracefully for another 9-12 years.

SUGGESTED FOOD MATCHES:
Perfect wine pairing with chocolate-rich desserts (mousse, cakes, tortes and truffles), dark-fruit tarts and creamy blue cheese, enjoy.