2017 Sandalford Estate Reserve Chardonnay

Textured, Savoury

Margaret River

This is an austere wine, stonefruits and citrus in abundance with cashews and honey in support. The French oak adds a layer of vanilla and toasty notes. The oak is beautifully balanced with the fruit and adds a lovely texture to the palate. The cleansing acidity gives this wine structure and a wonderful length on the finish. Cellaring in proper conditions will give more complexity for those who like a bigger richer style.

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Winemaker comments

Winemaker Notes
This wine is from 100 % Estate grown, old vine Chardonnay, which was harvested in late February 2017. Only the free-run juice was used. Only French oak barriques were used for fermentation (20% new, 30% in 1 year old and the remainder in older barriques). Again we used a combination of traditional wine yeasts, the Saccharomyces species and the non-traditional Torulaspora delbueckii. This mix of yeast has added to the complexity of flavours in the resulting blend. The wine was left 'sur lies' in barrel for 8 months prior to blending, stabilisation, filtration and bottling.

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
Chardonnay

Colour

Other Notes
Pale lemon.

Nose

Production
Up front peaches, nectarines and cashews. As it opens, it evolves into grapefruits & candied lemons.

Palate

Tasting Note
This is an austere wine, stonefruits and citrus in abundance with cashews and honey in support. The French oak adds a layer of vanilla and toasty notes. The oak is beautifully balanced with the fruit and adds a lovely texture to the palate. The cleansing acidity gives this wine structure and a wonderful length on the finish. Cellaring in proper conditions will give more complexity for those who like a bigger richer style.

Vintage Conditions

Vineyard Notes
From the summer rainfall & river flooding in the Swan Valley, to the threat of not ripening any of the red grapes in Margaret River, the 2017 vintage will be remembered as one of the most nerve-racking and anxious seasons. It certainly beats all of the last 10 vintages I've seen at Sandalford. Overall, the whole growing season, from Spring through to Summer / Autumn was much cooler than average. There were no heat extremes this year. This delayed the ripening of all varieties by at least 3 -4 weeks than normal. For the whites, the wines have excellent flavour concentration and structure and were harvested with a good natural acid and sugar balance.

2017 Sandalford Estate Reserve Chardonnay

2017 Sandalford Estate Reserve Chardonnay
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SKU: 895
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