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

By the time I turned 18, I had become fascinated with wine. I was keen to learn as much about wine as I could and I received some great advice: to work in the industry before committing to any tertiary study....
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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.
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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
$15.00
/ Bottle
SKU: 1071
Add To Cart
$180.00
/ Case of 12
 
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