2018 Sandalford Prendiville Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
This wine is intense and complex. Like the nose, it will keep evolving in the glass as you’re enjoying it. Blackberries and sweet blueberries are in abundance with the same savoury flavours combining with spice notes, especially cinnamon and nutmeg. The French oak adds a lovely layer of cedar, mocha and vanilla. The tannins are powerful, yet very fine grain and soft. Underneath there is a refreshing acid balance, which combine with the tannins to give this wine a beautifully textured line through the palate and gives length on the finish so the wonderful flavours linger on. With 70% new French oak, this wine is just a baby and whilst drinking beautifully now, with careful cellar maturation for 15 year or more, this limited release of the Prendiville Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon will certainly reward the patient.
Meet the maker
Continue Reading > 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.