Sample submitted for review. Available for as low as $30 for a 750ml bottle. Covered here as a Saturday Splurge but since Port is usually sold in a 375ml or 500ml bottle, the prorated price would be $20 or less.
From the bottle:
"This Vintage Porto is based on the finest wine at Quinta do Vau, our top rated vineyard in the Douro Valley. Careful blending with varietal wines, made by Sandeman from grapes grown for us by our leading farmers result in this full, rich and distinctive Vau Vantage Porto.
Vau Vantage is an exceptional quality modern style of Vintage Porto. It can be enjoyed young, but will age well in bottle. With intense fruit aromas, rich fruit flavours reminiscent of plums and red fruits in the mouth, Vau Vintage 2000 is a superb match for chocolate desserts.
Serve in large glasses. Cellaring potential 5 to 10 years. Whenever you choose to drink it I hope you enjoy it.
The 2000 Sandeman Vau Vintage Porto begins with aromas of ripe and rich fruit, a little caramel and chocolate. The Port tastes surprisingly smooth and light with very little heat. In fact, it's so drinkable and smooth that at 20% alcohol this could be dangerous. The wine also features lots of rich fruit (plums and blackberry), dry sweet tannins and a nice structure. There's even a bit of minerality on the finish that also features some nice spice and more rich fruit. And as you might expect it really shines when paired with chocolate desserts.
See a listing of local retailers selling this wine here.