2018 Sandalford Margaret River Range Shiraz

Soft, Juicy

Margaret River

Dark berries and savoury spices are abundant. Underlying, there’s also rhubarb and mocha notes as the wine evolves all adding to the many layers within this wine. The French oak is seamlessly integrated and adds another layer of velvety soft tannins. This is an elegant style of Shiraz, and is a wine that will continually open up and evolve in the glass. Medium term cellaring will only add to the wine’s complexity.

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Winemaker comments

Winemaker Notes
The grapes were machine harvested during the cool of night in mid-March. After crushing the must was inoculated with selected strains of yeast. The ferments were on skins for around 10 days with pump overs used twice daily during this period to ensure optimum extraction of colour, flavour and tannins. Based on taste, the wine was then drained and pressed. After malolactic fermentation the wine was matured for 3 months on 25% new French oak, before 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
Classic dark ruby red.

Nose

Production
Up front, this wine is full of rich dark berries and savoury spices. It opens up to show dark cherries, blueberries and mulberries with spice notes of star anise and red pepper.

Palate

Tasting Note
As per the nose, the berries and savoury spices are abundant. Underlying, there’s also rhubarb and mocha notes as the wine evolves all adding to the many layers within this wine. The French oak is seamlessly integrated and adds another layer of velvety soft tannins. This is an elegant style of Shiraz, and is a wine that will continually open up and evolve in the glass. Medium term cellaring will only add to the wine’s complexity.

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 Margaret River Range Shiraz

2018 Sandalford Margaret River Range Shiraz
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