2020 Sandalford Element Shiraz Cabernet

2020 Sandalford Element Shiraz Cabernet

Berries, Spice

Western Australia

This is a fruity wine full of juicy berries. Plum notes are sneaking through from the Cabernet and underneath are the savoury spices. This wine is medium bodied with light, silky tannins. A wine to enjoy within the next few years.

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SKU: 1071
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Winemaker comments

Winemaker Notes
After harvest, the grapes were destemmed and crushed into static fermenters. Pump overs were used for cap management and the extraction of colour, tannins and flavour during ferment. Near the end of fermentation, the wine was drained and pressed, with the pressings combined with the free run wine. The wine was then inoculated with a known MLF strain. Post MLF, the wine was left to age, 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 Cabernet

Colour

Other Notes
Cherry Red.

Nose

Production
Bright juicy berries, especially blueberries and blackberries with hints of white pepper.

Palate

Tasting Note
This is a fruity wine full of juicy berries. Plum notes are sneaking through from the Cabernet and underneath are the savoury spices. This wine is medium bodied with light, silky tannins. A wine to enjoy within the next few years.

Vintage Conditions

Vineyard Notes
2020 was a vintage like no other. Eventually classed as an essential service, we were able to get through harvest without a lockdown occurring. With mild winter conditions leading into a warmer than average Spring becoming hot in late December, there was early bud burst and grape development across all varieties. This year saw no disease pressure in the vineyard, all grapes were harvested with an optimum balance of sugar and flavours. The resulting wines showing wonderful varietal characters.

2020 Sandalford Element Shiraz Cabernet

2020 Sandalford Element Shiraz Cabernet
Add To Cart
$14.00
/ Bottle
SKU: 1071
Add To Cart
$168.00
/ Case of 12
 
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