Prendiville Reserve

2015 Sandalford Prendiville Reserve Chardonnay

Textured, savoury, polished, refinedMargaret 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 and stayed consistent through to the end of February. The whites all harvested during this period are of exceptional quality, showing intense varietal characters.

Case (6) $450.00
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Bottle $75.00
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Winemaker comments

The Sandalford Estate vineyard in Margaret River is the largest and oldest vineyard in this famed region having been originally planted in 1970. 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. The Chardonnay vines utilised to make this wine are genetically the renowned Gingin clone planted on the Estate in 1985. This clone is inherently low-yielding with added reduction in cropping from both the age of the vines and the lack of irrigation. The old Gingin clone Chardonnay vines, were hand-picked and then immediately transferred to a refrigerated container sitting in the vineyard next to the pickers. This allowed for instant cooling of the fruit. With the container set at 0 degrees Celsius, the fruit was immediately chilled down. On arrival at the winery, the fruit was hand-tipped into the winery tank press. The fruit was whole-bunch pressed with only the free-run juice being used for this ultra-premium style. After settling this juice overnight the cloudy supernatant was transferred to oak for full barrel fermentation in a temperature controlled cellar. At the end of fermentation the barrels were topped and sealed. After 8 months maturation the wine was removed from oak, stabilised in the traditional manner prior to clarification and bottling. Only 560 six-packs were bottled with each bottle individually numbered.

Meet the maker

Growing up on a wheat and sheep farm is not your traditional start to a winemaking career. However, it was driving through the Swan Valley on the way to Perth that started my interest in grapes. They were always beautiful and green quite a contrast to the dry and dusty terrain from the farm. During my final year of studies at the University of Adelaide, I commenced working at Petaluma in the Adelaide Hills, and this seeded my love of Riesling. After 18 months, I decided to explore the world of wine and for the next several years was a flying winemaker, working alternate vintages in both the Northern and Southern Hemispheres. In the north, this took me to France (Languedoc, Cognac & a couple of days in Bordeaux) and many times to Oregon, USA. This is where my love of Pinot was born. Back in Australia, I also explored Margaret River, Geographe, Clare Valley, SA and Macedon Ranges, Vic. In January 2007, coming back to WA, I joined Sandalford as Winemaker and in December 2012, was offered the Senior Winemaker position. To talk about my winemaking philosophy, is to first understand the vineyards. My role is to let the grapes shine and ensure they reflect the vineyard site they're from. The fruit source for all of our wines, are paramount to their success, and I'm incredibly lucky to have one of the oldest vineyards in Margaret River to work with.

Tasting notes

Varietals

Chardonnay

Colour

Yellow straw, with lime hues

Nose

Initial restraint opens to a complex blend of grapefruit, peaches, vanilla, roasted cashews with underlying citrus notes.

Palate

Margaret River Chardonnay at it's best. This wine is overflowing with rich Chardonnay fruit, seamlessly balanced with the finest French oak. The palate is intense, yet shows restraint, and the crisp acidity gives this wine an exquisite structure leading to a long cleansing finish. It is early days for this wine, it will keep evolving in the bottle for the next 10 years - more if cellared in optimum conditions.

Vintage Conditions

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 and stayed consistent through to the end of February. The whites all harvested during this period are of exceptional quality, showing intense varietal characters

Reviews

  • 90/100. Quite an assertive and dramatic wine. Aromas of baked apple plus a hint of beeswax. The palate is upfront and flavoursome with juicy and zippy white nectarine notes. Powerfully fruity and energised with good length and drive. 2016-2021
    www.TheRealReview.com, Toni Paterson, 17th February 2017
  • 96/100. The complex bouquet balances toast and grilled cashew nuts with very intense pink grapefruit and stone fruit aromas, the palate providing an instant replay as the flavours ricochet around the mouth, and a very long finish. Amid all this frenetic activity the wine actually remains calm and elegant.
    Halliday Wine Companion 2017 Edition, James Halliday, released 4th August 2016, page 578
  • Classy, classy wine. This is elegantly crafted chardonnay of the highest order. Its drinking so well now I'm not sure how long it will live, but no matter, it will go another 5 years at least. 94 point and maybe more to come. $60 is a high price in Australian terms but not in a global context. There are worse burgundies at twice the price.
    The Key Report, Tony Keys, 19 May 2016
  • 94/100. Classy, classy wine. This is elegantly crafted chardonnay of the highest order. Its drinking so well now I'm not sure how long it will live, but no matter, it will go another 5 years at least. 94 point and maybe more to come. $60 is a high price in Australian terms but not in a global context. There are worse burgundies at twice the price.
    The Key Report, Tony Keys, 19 May 2016
  • 94/100. Light to medium yellow colour, with a subdued bouquet suggesting nougat and peanut brittle. The wine is fine and focused, delicate yet intense, with poise and length. The finish has some authority and fruit flavour is concentrated. Excellent wine with potential. 2016-2023.
    www.TheRealReview.com, Huon Hooke, 24th April 2016
Prendiville Reserve

2015 Sandalford Prendiville Reserve Chardonnay

Case (6) $450.00
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Total: $0.00
Bottle $75.00
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SANDALFORD SWAN VALLEY

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Wilyabrup WA 6280
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