2018 Sandalford Prendiville Reserve Chardonnay
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
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.