2018 Sandalford 1840 Shiraz

2018 Sandalford 1840 Shiraz

Rich, Juicy, Spicy

Swan Valley

As with the nose, there’s the balance of sweet berries and savoury spices. These evolve into further complex layers with mocha notes and hints of salami. The palate has lovely weight and complexity and the silky tannins and acid work together to produce a wine with wonderful length. This wine definitely has that drinkability factor.

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Winemaker comments

Winemaker Notes
The grapes were de-stemmed and crushed before being inoculated with selected yeast strains and fermented in a small 5 tonne open fermenter. The must was mixed, by pumping over, twice daily during fermentation to keep the skins and juice in constant contact. Based on taste, the fermenting must was pressed once the perfect balance of colour, flavour and tannin extraction was reached. After the completion of primary fermentation, the wine was inoculated for Malolactic Fermentation (MLF), before being transferred into French oak barrels, where the wine matured prior to blending 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
Shiraz

Colour

Other Notes
Cherry Red

Nose

Production
Intense berries, especially mulberries and blueberries with underlying savoury spices. There’s both pink and Szechuan pepper, cinnamon and a hint of licorice.

Palate

Tasting Note
As with the nose, there’s the balance of sweet berries and savoury spices. These evolve into further complex layers with mocha notes and hints of salami. The palate has lovely weight and complexity and the silky tannins and acid work together to produce a wine with wonderful length. This wine definitely has that drinkability factor.

Vintage Conditions

Vineyard Notes
The 2018 vintage was a return to the fantastic conditions that WA is known for. With an overall 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. Spring saw the start of an extended dry and warm period through to the end of picking in mid-April and the maximum temperatures were consistent with long term averages. All grapes harvested this season are of exceptional quality and showing great varietal characters.

2018 Sandalford 1840 Shiraz

2018 Sandalford 1840 Shiraz
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