Prendiville Reserve

2015 Sandalford Prendiville Reserve Shiraz
pH 3.53
TA (g/l) 6.76
Alc.(%vol) 14.7
RS (g/l)

2015 Sandalford Prendiville Reserve Shiraz




Margaret River


The 2015 vintage in Margaret River started with an unusually warm winter and plenty of rainfall, followed by mild and windy conditions in November, resulting in a prolonged flowering period. This changed in the second half of December to ideal ripening weather, dry and sunny without any extreme heat events. These mild conditions meant the grapes held their natural acid balance, with full flavour development at lower sugar levels. All fruit was disease free.


The Sandalford Estate vineyard in Margaret River is one of the largest and oldest vineyards in this famed region having been originally planted in 1972. The vineyard is located in the northern sub-region of Margaret River known as Wilyabrup. This sub-region is some 4 degrees Celsius warmer on average than the southern parts of Margaret River. This ensures optimal ripeness and generosity in the wines produced. There are five old-vine Shiraz blocks on the Estate. These are the oldest Shiraz vines in the Margaret River Region. Two of these blocks have been utilised to make this wine. As with the other Prendiville wines, this wine will only be made in exceptional years and only in limited volumes.


At optimal ripeness the fruit for this wine, as with all the Prendiville wines, was hand-picked and transferred to small bins for transport to the winery. The two blocks were then treated slightly differently. The first block had 12% whole bunches added into the fermenter, the other was all from de-stemmed and crushed fruit. Both blocks were inoculated with a selected yeast strain and fermented in our new small batch open fermenters. The traditional method of "pumping over" was employed during fermentation twice per day to facilitate colour, flavour and tannin extraction. After the completion of Malolactic Fermentation, the wine was aged in new and 1 year old Burgundian coopered (Louis Latour) French oak barriques. After 13 months of barrel maturation only the best fourteen barriques were put aside for this release of the Prendiville Shiraz.

Oak Treatment:

13 months in French oak barriques, with 10 out of the 14 barrels (70%) new barriques.

Tasting Notes

Dark Cherry red.

Perfumed with lifted berry fruits - especially blueberries and underlying spiciness. Notes of Szechuan pepper, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Elegance and generous on the palate. It's full of blueberries, black currants and black cherries with notes of star anise and mocha. Structurally, the fine grain tannins and acid work together, leading to a long supple finish. This wine holds more in reserve and will only improve with age, but is lovely to drink now. If you can, give the wine some time in the glass and watch as it opens up. Cellaring potential of ten to fifteen years plus from the vintage date.


"RED 5 STAR WINERY 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011"
"Sandalford is one of Australia's oldest and privately owned wineries. In 1970 it moved beyond its original Swan Valley base, purchasing a substantial property in Margaret River that is now the main source of its premium grapes. Wines are released under the Element, Winemakers, Margaret River and Estate Reserve ranges, with Prendiville Reserve at the top. Exports to all major markets"
Australia's leading wine critic, James Halliday, awards Sandalford Wines the very coveted and extremely prestigious RED 5 star rating in the Australian Wine Companion 2017 Edition, page 578, released 4th August 2016. 


“Sandalford Wines have been adorning our tables since the 1840’s, and the combination of experience and innovation places today’s winery high on our list of reliable, premier local wines. During the last decade, both the whites and the reds have continued to improve several notches. We put this down to concerted energy going into the winery’s cooler climate Margaret River operations, where fruit quality is second to none on a global scale.  Sandalford is able to draw on a range of grape varieties from the Swan Valley and Margaret River.  But it’s the wines from down on the cape (Margaret River) that keep pulling in the accolades and the awards.” All the Best from Perth’s West, Peter Rigby.  

“Sandalford Wines is a true institution in Western Australia. Established in Perth’s Swan Valley in 1840, there is a rich history to this pioneering company which was one of the first to recognise the potential in Margaret River, establishing a vineyard there in 1970.”

Mining Chronicle, Karl Franzen, June 2011, Page 35

“Sandalford has well and truly leapt into the big league of premium producers in WA, having now completely transformed itself to a Margaret River wine operation.  The Estate Reserve and Margaret River Range are entirely from Margaret River. ”

Ray Jordan’s 2011 WA Wine Guide, published October 2010, page 151  

“RED 5 STAR WINERY – Sandalford is an outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity.”

Australia’s most pre-eminent wine critic, James Halliday, awards Sandalford Wines the very coveted RED 5 star rating in the Australian Wine Companion 2011 Edition released 28th July 2010.  

“Producer of the Year, and Winemaker of the Year:  Sandalford Wines”

Leading West Australian Wine Critic Ray Jordan, at the launch of Ray Jordan’s 2010 WA Wine Guide, 30 November 2009.



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