2018 Sandalford Margaret River Range Cabernet Merlot
Initially this wine is rich with dark brooding berries. As it opens up there is a real juiciness that comes across with savoury spices of nutmeg and cedar to balance the black and blue berry notes. There’s generous sweet flavours, particularly the darker berries, but also plums and rhubarb that are balanced with savoury spices, bay leaf, fresh nutmeg and mocha. These sweet and savoury notes keep evolving in the glass to give wonderful complexity. Velvety smooth tannins add to the complexity on the palate. This is a rich blend that will continually open up and evolve in the glass.
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.