2017 Sandalford Prendiville Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz

Rich, Elegant, Velvety

Margaret River

This wine is intense and complex. Like the nose, it will keep evolving in the glass as you’re enjoying it. Blackberries and sweet blueberries are in abundance with the same savoury flavours combining with spice notes, especially cinnamon and nutmeg. The French oak adds a lovely layer of cedar, mocha and vanilla. The tannins are powerful, yet very fine grain and soft. Underneath there is a refreshing acid balance, which combine with the tannins to give this wine a beautifully textured line through the palate and gives length on the finish so the wonderful flavours linger on. With 70% new French oak, this wine is just a baby and whilst drinking beautifully now, with careful cellar maturation for 15 year or more, this limited release of the Prendiville Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon will certainly reward the patient. (A harmless deposit may form in the bottle during cellar maturation and decanting is recommended prior to serving).

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Winemaker comments

Winemaker Notes
After destemming and crushing, the select parcels of hand-picked Cabernet and Shiraz grapes were inoculated with a selected yeast strain and fermented in small five tonne open fermenters. The traditional method of pumping over was done by hand, twice daily during fermentation to optimise colour, flavour and tannin extraction from the fermenting must. At the end of ferment, the wine was pressed off skins and transferred to French oak barrels. After twelve months of barrel maturation, only the best twenty barriques were put aside for this release of the Prendiville Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz. Each bottle is individually numbered.

Meet the maker

Growing up on a wheat and sheep farm is not your traditional start to a winemaking career. However, it was driving through the Swan Valley on the way to Perth that started my interest in grapes. They...
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were always beautiful and green quite a contrast to the dry and dusty terrain from the farm. During my final year of studies at the University of Adelaide, I commenced working at Petaluma in the Adelaide Hills, and this seeded my love of Riesling. After 18 months, I decided to explore the world of wine and for the next several years was a flying winemaker, working alternate vintages in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. In the north, this took me to France (Languedoc, Cognac & a couple of days in Bordeaux) and many times to Oregon, USA. This is where my love of Pinot was born. Back in Australia, I also explored Margaret River, Geographe, Clare Valley, SA and Macedon Ranges, Vic. In January 2007, coming back to WA, I joined Sandalford as Winemaker and in December 2012, was offered the Senior Winemaker position. To talk about my winemaking philosophy, is to first understand the vineyards. My role is to let the grapes shine and ensure they reflect the vineyard site they're from. The fruit source for all of our wines, are paramount to their success, and I'm incredibly lucky to have one of the oldest vineyards in Margaret River to work with.
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Tasting notes

Varietals

Varietal
Shiraz

Colour

Other Notes
Dark ruby red

Nose

Production
A complex meld of flavours that really benefits when given time to open up and evolve in the glass. This wine starts with savoury spices of bay leaf, juniper and star anise. It further opens to reveal rich dark berries, particularly blackberries and sweet blueberries, a hint of violets.

Palate

Tasting Note
Like the nose, this wine will keep evolving in the glass as you’re enjoying it. Blackberries and sweet blueberries are in abundance with the same savoury spices evolving to cinnamon and nutmeg flavours. The French oak adds layers of cedar and mocha with the tannins smooth and silky soft, yet full of power. They, in combination with the acid balance, build a beautifully textured palate, meaning the wine and all of it’s complex flavours will linger on long after you’ve enjoyed it. This wine whilst drinking beautifully now, is just a baby and with careful cellar maturation for 10 years or more, this limited release of the Prendiville Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz will certainly reward the patient.

Vintage Conditions

Vineyard Notes
Overall, the whole of the 2017 growing season, from Spring through to Autumn was much cooler than average. There were no heat extremes in 2017. This delayed the ripening of all grape varieties by at least 3 -4 weeks. At the start of April, all of the red grapes were still on the vine, several blocks still needing a good 4-5 weeks to fully ripen. With April normally the change in season, there were many hours spent nervously watching the weather forecast, waiting for the rain to start. Unbelievably Mother Nature was on our side and April was one of the driest on record. Our latest season ever, with the last of the Cabernet being harvested in early May. The wines produced this season are elegant, showing more flavour complexity and concentration.

2017 Sandalford Prendiville Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz

2017 Sandalford Prendiville Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon Shiraz
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$120.00
/ Bottle
SKU: 915
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$720.00
/ Case of 6
 
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