2018 Sandalford Prendiville Reserve Chardonnay

2018 Sandalford Prendiville Reserve Chardonnay

Textured, savoury, polished, refined

Margaret River

This wine is Margaret River Chardonnay at its best. It’s elegant and generous with rich and complex flavours from the Chardonnay grapes all beautifully balanced with the finest French oak. Up front there are flavours of peaches, grapefruit and oatmeal, with vanilla and freshly roasted cashews as it opens up. The palate shows layers of creamy complexity, balanced with a crisp acidity which lends itself to an exquisite structure and wonderful length. Whilst drinking beautifully now, with careful cellar maturation for 10 years or more, this limited release of the Prendiville Reserve Chardonnay will certainly reward your patience. Serve cellar cool, 12 to 16°C

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Winemaker comments

Winemaker Notes
The old GinGin clone Chardonnay vines were hand picked and then immediately transferred to a refrigerated container. With the container set to 0 degrees Celsius, the grapes were immediately chilled down. On arrival at the winery, the fruit was whole bunch pressed, with only the free run juice being used for this ultra-premium style. After settling overnight, the still cloudy juice was transferred to French oak barrels for full barrel fermentation in our temperature controlled cellar. At the end of fermentation, the barrels were topped and sealed. After eight months of maturation, only the best 10 barrels were selected for this blend.

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
Yellow straw with lemon hues.

Nose

Production
Full of intense citrus and stone fruit flavours. There are also underlying notes of cashews and oatmeal which really build the savoury profile of this wine.

Palate

Tasting Note
This wine is Margaret River Chardonnay at its best. It’s elegant and generous with rich and complex flavours from the Chardonnay grapes all beautifully balanced with the finest French oak. Up front there are flavours of peaches, grapefruit and oatmeal, with vanilla and freshly roasted cashews as it opens up. The palate shows layers of creamy complexity, balanced with a crisp acidity which lends itself to an exquisite structure and wonderful length. Whilst drinking beautifully now, with careful cellar maturation for 10 years or more, this limited release of the Prendiville Reserve Chardonnay will certainly reward your patience. Serve cellar cool, 12 to 16°C

Vintage Conditions

Vineyard Notes
The 2018 vintage was a return to the fantastic conditions that Margaret River is known for. With a wet start to the season in winter and early spring providing a good base of ground water for the vines. November was very dry, perfectly timed with the vines going through flowering and fruit set. After rainfall in both December and mid-January, the season changed and we saw an extended dry and warm period through to the end of picking in mid-April. The maximum temperatures were consistent with long term average and the sea breeze providing the essential cool nights that Margaret River is known for. All fruit this season is of exceptional quality and showing great varietal characters.

2018 Sandalford Prendiville Reserve Chardonnay

2018 Sandalford Prendiville Reserve Chardonnay
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SKU: 1607
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$450.00
/ Case of 6
 
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