2024 Sandalford 1840 Chenin Blanc

2024 Sandalford 1840 Chenin Blanc

Crisp, Floral, Quince, Pioneer

Swan Valley

The spring season preceding the 2024 vintage was drier than usual with rainfall down 23% below average and the warmest spring temperatures on record for Western Australia. The weather pattern remained hot and dry leading into summer with temperatures well above average. Flowering, version, and ripening all occurred very early which led to vintage commencing a month earlier than normal. Sandalford began picking their white fruit in the first week of January – the earliest start on record.

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Winemaker comments

Winemaker Notes
Fruit for this wine was machine harvested off our old vine Estate Grown Chenin Blanc in mid-January. The grapes were immediately delivered to the winery for destemming, chilling and pressing to tank. The free run juice portion was then cold settled before racking into a combination of 75% stainless steel tanks and 25% five-year-old French oak barriques. A selected yeast isolate was then added to initiate the fermentation. At the completion of fermentation, the wine was left on lees in barrel for two months to build texture before blending and preparation for bottle.

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
Chenin Blanc

Colour

Other Notes
Pale straw.

Nose

Production
Green apple, citrus blossom, tropical fruits, and lime citrus with hints of flint and candle wax adding interest and complexity.

Palate

Tasting Note
The bouquet of the nose follows onto the palate where the flavours are supported by the natural bright acid. Nuances of almond meal and mineral provide a subtle, interesting savoury edge to the generous fruit characters. Wonderful length of flavour with a balanced, crisp, clean finish. Whilst drinking beautifully now, this wine will continue to evolve into a richer and more complex wine with bottle age over the next decade and beyond.

Vintage Conditions

Vineyard Notes
The spring season preceding the 2024 vintage was drier than usual with rainfall down 23% below average and the warmest spring temperatures on record for Western Australia. The weather pattern remained hot and dry leading into summer with temperatures well above average. Flowering, version, and ripening all occurred very early which led to vintage commencing a month earlier than normal. Sandalford began picking their white fruit in the first week of January – the earliest start on record.

2024 Sandalford 1840 Chenin Blanc

2024 Sandalford 1840 Chenin Blanc
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$35.00
/ Bottle
SKU: 1774
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$210.00
/ Case of 6
 
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