2018 Sandalford Estate Reserve Shiraz

2018 Sandalford Estate Reserve Shiraz

Bold, Meaty, Fleshy

Margaret River

Black cherry, raspberry, star anise, and hints of exotic spice and black pepper overlay subtle toasted vanilla and chocolate box aromas

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Winemaker comments

Winemaker Notes
Picked in late March, these Shiraz grapes were crushed before being inoculated with selected yeast strains and fermented in open fermenters. The must was treated by pumping over twice daily to extract flavour, colour and tannin. The ferment was pressed once the perfect balance of colour, flavour and tannin extraction was achieved. After the completion of primary ferment, the wine was inoculated for Malolactic Fermentation (MLF), before being transferred to 100% French oak barriques (30% new, balanced seasoned) for maturation. The wine then spent 14 months in barrel prior to blending and bottling in November 2019

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
Deep, dark cherry red.

Nose

Production
Black cherry, raspberry, star anise, and hints of exotic spice and black pepper overlay subtle toasted vanilla and chocolate box aromas

Palate

Tasting Note
The dark berry fruit flavours intertwine with the savoury spice and vanillin oak characteristics. The palate is beautifully structured with ripe, sweet, fleshy tannin supporting the rich and lingering flavours. A wine that will age gracefully for at least another 10 to 15 years and beyond if cellared in appropriate conditions.

Vintage Conditions

Vineyard Notes
The 2018 vintage was a return to the fantastic growing conditions that Margaret River is renowned for. The wet winter preceding the growing season provided ample soil moisture for the healthy vines to ripen over the summer months. An extended dry and warm period through to the end of picking in mid-April presented ideal conditions for the ripening of fruit. All fruit this season is of exceptional quality and showing great varietal characteristics. 2018 will be long regarded as one of the great vintages of the decade for Margaret River.

2018 Sandalford Estate Reserve Shiraz

2018 Sandalford Estate Reserve Shiraz
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