So what is Port Wine?
Port is a fortified wine. Fortified wines are made by adding a proportion of grape spirit, or brandy, to the wine at some point during the production process. Port is arguably the greatest of all fortified wines and its paramount expression, Vintage Port, ranks alongside the finest produce of Bordeaux or Burgundy as one of the great iconic wines of the world. In the case of Port, the addition of the brandy takes place before the wine has finished fermenting. This means that the wine retains some of the natural sweetness of the grape, making it rich, round and smooth on the palate.
RUBY PORTO - Descended from the fiery ruby Porto Wines originally shipped by George Sandeman in 1790, Sandeman Porto Ruby is still made traditionally to be rich and robust yet with a special depth of flavour and the finesse, achieved by expertly blending wines from Sandeman´s large and varied stock. Brilliant red ruby in colour, with clean aromas of red fruits, plums and strawberries, Sandeman Porto Ruby has full rich flavours and is very well balanced. Rich, round, balanced in the mouth, with overt flavours of fresh plums and red fruits.
TAWNY PORTO - Selected from the lighter wines of each year, these Portos are chosen for ageing in small oak casks to develop their style. Sandeman Porto Tawny has the fruit and style of great Porto but with an added finesse. Pale in colour and light in body this Porto is superb as a chilled aperitif, or accompanying an appetizer, yet satisfying when served at the end of a meal. Clear red amber colours with a light intense body, open up to aromas of vanilla and evolved dried fruits. The elegant harmony and fresh flavour of red fruits unfold in the mouth and combine with the complexity of wood ageing and a good finish.