Est. 2011


Vau - Sandeman & C:a

Owner Sogrape Vinhos S.A.

This is a brand of Sandeman.

Sandeman made Quinta de Vau in 1988 as a single quinta vintage but then decided to make a new Vintage Brand called Vau to try to make a modern vintage port more appreciated by the young people.

Quinta do Vau Vintages:1988
Vau Vintages:1996, 1997, 1999, 2000, 2003, 2011

Vintage Port tasting notes:

HouseQuinta do Vau
ColourStill quite dark ruby with mature yellow rim, quite beautiful in colour.Number of tastings14
BouquetToffee, roasted coffee, fudge, cherry, ginger and a hint of tobacco in the nose.Score range15.25 - 16.50
TasteMedium body. Mature and on top. Sweet but balanced and quite elegant. Butterscotch, ginger and fudge in taste. Rather long and very nice finish. Will not be better but is wonderful now so drink up!Average score15.95
Last tasted4th November 2019Point this date16.50
CommentTasted at the Port Wine Festival in Copenhagen, Denmark.
This bottle was a Magnum. 1 bottle has been defect.

In 2016 this vintage took part in a Great Tasting in the Wine Society 18%. For points and ranking see Great Tastings.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
ColourStill quite dark indeed with just a yellow mature edge.Number of tastings3
BouquetCacao, dark chocolate, still some mulberry and blue berry in the nose.Score range16.40 - 16.40
TasteMedium body. Still quite a lot of tannins and will improve. Balanced and very complex with a quite long and very attractive finish. A very surprising port for the vintage year indeed.Average score
Last tasted31st October 2021Point this date16.40
CommentTasted at home with the family.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
ColourStill quite dark but yellow mature in colour.Number of tastings25
BouquetLovely bouquet with gingerbread, cinnamon, candy, dark chocolate, some coffee beans, herbs and some liquorice in the nose.Score range15.40 - 16.00
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking but still with some very elegant and round tannins but will probably not improve much. Very enjoyable now with flavour of gingerbread, candy, some spiciness and lots of other things. Balanced and very easy to drink and like with a complex, quite lovely and very attractive finish.Average score15.68
Last tasted10th September 2023Point this date15.90
CommentTasted at home with the family.
This bottle was a Magnum.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
ColourYellow mature in colour.Number of tastings30
BouquetToffee, cream candy, figs, dark plums, some cacao, some herbs and spiciness in the nose.Score range15.50 - 16.25
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking and will not be much better. Balanced with cacao, figs, some spiciness and cream candy in flavour and a quite elegant finish. Modern port but quite attractive and very easy to drink and like.Average score15.71
Last tasted18th January 2024Point this date15.90
CommentTasted at a Semi-Great Tasting with the Wine Society 18% in Malmö.
TastersSAI, JB, SS
ColourYellow and mature in colour.Number of tastings5
BouquetCacao, dark chocolate, candy, some herbs and liquorice and butterscotch in the nose.Score range15.00 - 16.25
TasteMedium body. Mature and peaking. Balanced with dark chocolate, some cacao, herbs and spiciness in flavour. The finish is quite complex, very attractive and lovely. Just drink it and enjoy this portAverage score15.58
Last tasted2nd March 2024Point this date16.25
CommentTasted at the Port Wine Fair in Roskilde, Denmark.
This bottle was a Magnum.
TastersSAI, JB, SS

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