2021 Sandalford Estate Reserve Chardonnay

2021 Sandalford Estate Reserve Chardonnay

Textured, Savoury

Margaret River

A finely structured wine full of stone fruit, citrus and cashew flavours. The French oak is beautifully integrated adding layers to both the flavour and mouthfeel of the wine. This texture is complemented with bright, soft acidity which leads to a wonderful length on the finish. Cellaring for up to 10 years will provide greater complexity and richness for those who like a bottle aged style.  

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SKU: 1740
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Winemaker comments

Winemaker Notes
This wine is made from 100% Estate grown Chardonnay from our Wilyabrup vineyard. The fruit was destemmed before gentle pressing to tank. The free run juice portion was then immediately transferred to French oak barriques for fermentation (25% new, balance seasoned oak) utilising a specialised Burgundian Saccharomyces yeast isolate. 50% of the wine was allowed to complete malolactic fermentation, which imparts a creamy textural aspect to the overall wine. The wine remained in barrel on ferment lees for 9 months prior to blending, stabilisation, filtration 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
Chardonnay

Colour

Other Notes
Straw gold with tinges of green.

Nose

Production
Bright grapefruit, white peach, honey suckle, nougat, oatmeal and cashew nut flavours to the fore. The oak derived spice, vanilla and roasted nut characters support the bright fruit flavours.

Palate

Tasting Note
A finely structured wine full of stone fruit, citrus and cashew flavours. The French oak is beautifully integrated adding layers to both the flavour and mouthfeel of the wine. This texture is complemented with bright, soft acidity which leads to a wonderful length on the finish. Cellaring for up to 10 years will provide greater complexity and richness for those who like a bottle aged style.

Vintage Conditions

Vineyard Notes
The 2021 vintage could be best described as challenging. A reflection of the wetter than average summer impacting picking decisions. Our Wilyabrup vineyard however fared well and produced fresh, bright, flavoursome fruit to make wines from. The low yielding Chardonnay grapes were machine harvested in the cool of the night and transported to the winery for processing. The resulting wines are fresh, balanced and display wonderful varietal fruit characteristics.

2021 Sandalford Estate Reserve Chardonnay

2021 Sandalford Estate Reserve Chardonnay
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$38.00
/ Bottle
SKU: 1740
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$228.00
/ Case of 6
 
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