2018 Sandalford Prendiville Reserve Shiraz
Elegant and generous. This is a concentrated wine, which as it evolves in the glass, shows the full spectrum of berry flavours – from red to blue and then through to black berries. As with the nose, the savoury elements are there to add balance, opening up with mocha, nutmeg, fennel seeds and an earthiness. The tannins are smooth and silky soft and with the acid, they build to a long supple finish. This wine holds more in reserve and with the ninety percent new French oak, this wine is just a baby. Whilst drinking beautifully now, with careful cellar maturation for 15 years or more, this limited release of the Prendiville Reserve Shiraz will certainly reward the patient. (A deposit may form in the bottle during cellar maturation and decanting is recommended prior to serving).
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.