2016 Sandeman

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Fonseca 1963
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2016 Sandeman

Post by AHB » 20:33 Tue 09 Oct 2018

Opaque centre with a wide rim. Rather closed on the nose showing a little blackcurrant and some sous bois vegetal complexity (in a good way). A swirl releases a little more astringent acidity. Smooth in texture on the palate, silky and rounded. Deep bramble appears on the palate, sweet but with an immediate undertone of complexity and layers of flavour. The tannins are huge but ripe and toasted. The tannins deliver a dry aftertaste that is big and punchy; the finish continues the theme of great complexity and never seems to end. An exceedingly impressive port. 94-96.

Tasted 12 September 2018.
Top Ports in 2018 (so far): Niepoort VV (1960's Bottling), Quinta do Noval Nacional 1994 and San Leonardo Very Old White (Bottled 2018)
2017 Ports of the year: Fonseca 1927 and Quinta do Noval 1927

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Re: 2016 Sandeman

Post by Andy Velebil » 07:04 Fri 12 Oct 2018

A very impressive port indeed. Sandeman has made huge leaps in quality of their VP in recent declarations. It’s good to see them back on top form.

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Re: 2016 Sandeman

Post by Doggett » 14:07 Sun 04 Nov 2018

S16 Deep Ruby Red. Huge nose. Lots of red fruit, raspberry compote, but not reductive. Great acidity and tannins. A very finely balanced port. Even nicer than the sample tasted at the b.f.t. Sandeman masterclass earlier this year that I gave 93 points to. Great potential.
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Re: 2016 Sandeman

Post by flash_uk » 20:59 Sun 13 Jan 2019

80% opacity, dull red. redcurrant and green melon. Redcurrant, medium acidity mid palate, flavour intensity quite low, short finish. Tannins medium coarse, very dry. I must have been tasting something different to Alex and Simon!

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