2017 Sandalford Prendiville Reserve Shiraz
Elegant and generous. This is a concentrated wine, which as it evolves in the glass, shows the full spectrum of berry flavours, from red to blue and then through to black berries. As with the nose, the savoury elements are there to add balance, opening up with mocha, nutmeg, fennel seeds and an earthiness. The tannins are smooth and silky soft and with the acid, they build to a long supple finish. This wine holds more in reserve and with the ninety percent new French oak, this wine is just a baby. Whilst drinking beautifully now, with careful cellar maturation for 15 years or more, this limited release of the Prendiville Reserve Shiraz will certainly reward the patient
Meet the maker
Continue Reading > 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.