2018 Sandalford Element Chardonnay

2018 Sandalford Element Chardonnay

Citrus, Elegant

Margaret River

Whilst the stone fruits are dominant on the nose, the citrus really take over on the palate. The ruby red grapefruit and meyer lemon notes really shine through. This wine is light bodied, but it is full of texture and has a fresh acid giving the wine a seamless finish.

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Winemaker Notes
The grapes for this wine were machine harvested in the cool of night during February 2018. Following crushing and pressing, the clarified juice was fermented using specially selected yeast strains at very low temperatures to retain the aromatics. Once fermentation was complete, the wine was kept sur lies for a month prior to being blended, stabilised, filtered and bottled

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
Chardonnay

Colour

Other Notes
Pale lemon.

Nose

Production
Peaches and nectarine up front, with ruby red grapefruits and a hint of marzipan.

Palate

Tasting Note
Whilst the stone fruits are dominant on the nose, the citrus really take over on the palate. The ruby red grapefruit and meyer lemon notes really shine through. This wine is light bodied, but it is full of texture and has a fresh acid giving the wine a seamless finish. There is no oak on this wine, it's all about the purity of the Chardonnay grapes. A wine to enjoy within the next few years and best served lightly chilled.

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 Element Chardonnay

2018 Sandalford Element Chardonnay
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