2020 Sandalford Margaret River Range Cabernet Merlot

2020 Sandalford Margaret River Range Cabernet Merlot

Polished, Rich, Structured

Margaret River

Generous sweet fruit flavours, particularly the darker berries, but also plums and rhubarb balanced with subtle savoury oak. The firm, fine grained tannin structure is well balanced providing length to this medium bodied wine. This classic Bordeaux blend will continually open up and evolve in the glass. Cellar for up to 10 years and allow the wine to evolve adding complexity.

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Winemaker comments

Winemaker Notes
The grapes were machine harvested during the cool of night in last week of March. The fruit was destemmed to static fermenters and then inoculated with a select yeast isolate. The ferments were on skins for one – two weeks 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 to tank for malolactic fermentation. The wine was then matured in a combination of tank and seasoned French oak barrels 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
Cabernet Merlot

Colour

Other Notes
Dark garnet with youthful red hues.

Nose

Production
Bright blackcurrant pastille fruits overlaying plum skin, potpourri, wild mint and bay leaf nuances. Nutmeg and cedar notes derived from French oak maturation adding to the appeal.

Palate

Tasting Note
Generous sweet fruit flavours, particularly the darker berries, but also plums and rhubarb balanced with subtle savoury oak. The firm, fine grained tannin structure is well balanced providing length to this medium bodied wine. This classic Bordeaux blend will continually open up and evolve in the glass. Cellar for up to 10 years and allow the wine to evolve adding complexity.

Vintage Conditions

Vineyard Notes
2020 was a vintage like no other. Whilst a global pandemic changed the way people lived their lives, Margaret River experienced a near perfect vintage. The preceding Spring growing season was warmer than average resulting in earlier bud burst and grape development. Grape yields were lower than average which led to one of the earliest harvests on record. The near perfect growing season allowed the winemakers to harvest fruit at optimal flavour and sugar ripeness. The resulting red wines are deeply coloured and display wonderful intensity and depth of flavour as a consequence of the low fruit yields.

2020 Sandalford Margaret River Range Cabernet Merlot

2020 Sandalford Margaret River Range Cabernet Merlot
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$25.00
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SKU: 1739
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