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

By the time I turned 18, I had become fascinated with wine. I was keen to learn as much about wine as I could and I received some great advice: to work in the industry before committing to any tertiary study....
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I was lucky enough to get my start at the cellars at Houghton Wines, here in the Swan Valley. I loved it, and it was the beginning of a career which was to eventually see me spend 20 years with Houghton’s. But first, I wanted to discover what traditional winemaking was like in the northern hemisphere. I took myself off to Burgundy, France, where I worked several vintages learning as much as I could about the craft of winemaking from some the best in the business. Returning to Australia I continued my career, picking up a few awards in the process of learning more and more about winemaking and achieving Bachelor of Applied Science and Oenology at Charles Sturt University, NSW. I was awarded the inaugural Gourmet Traveler Young Winemaker of the Year 2001, James Halliday’s Winemaker of the year in 2009, Winemaker of the Year in Ray Jordan's 2017 Annual West Australian Wine Guide, and I’ve judged extensively at capital city and regional wine shows. Australia makes some amazing world class wines! I’ve been fortunate to be Senior Winemaker at Sandalford Wines since March 2021 and I’m delighted every day by our estates’ old vines, the passion of the viticulture team here, and the outcomes we are able to achieve each vintage.
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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
Add To Cart
$50.00
/ Bottle
SKU: 1611
Add To Cart
$300.00
/ Case of 6
 
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