Estate Reserve

2016 Sandalford Estate Reserve Chardonnay

Textured, SavouryMargaret River

The mild spring conditions merged into a warm and dry start to summer, with the vines on track slightly earlier than normal. These conditions were interrupted in mid-January 16, with 70mm of rain falling in the vineyard due to a tropical rain event. With this moisture came the challenge of increased fungal pressure on the fruit - 2 weeks out from the white harvest (leading to a very stressed Viticulturalist and Winemaker). For the reds, it gave them a much appreciated drink in the lead up to harvest in late March. Despite this challenge, all fruit harvested are of exceptional quality, showing intense varietal characters.

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Winemaker comments

This wine is from 100 % Estate grown, old vine Chardonnay, which was harvested in early February 2016. Only the free-run juice was used. Only French oak barriques were used for fermentation (20% new, 20% in 1 year old and the remainder in older barriques). Again we used a combination of traditional wine yeasts, the Saccharomyces species and the non-traditional Torulaspora delbueckii. This mix of yeast has added to the complexity of flavours in the resulting blend. Approximately 5% of this wine underwent Malolactic Fermentation. The wine was left sur lies in barrel for 8 months prior to blending, stabilisation, filtration and bottling.

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

Pale lemon and lime

Nose

Opening with white peaches and cashews, it opens up to grapefruit and caramelised lemon & limes.

Palate

This is an austere wine, full of stone fruits, cashews, citrus and honey flavours. There are vanilla and toasty notes from the French oak. The oak is beautifully integrated and adds a lovely texture to the palate. The cleansing acidity gives this wine structure and a wonderful length on the finish. Cellaring in proper conditions will give more complexity for those who like a bigger richer style.

Vintage Conditions

The mild spring conditions merged into a warm and dry start to summer, with the vines on track slightly earlier than normal. These conditions were interrupted in mid-January 16, with 70mm of rain falling in the vineyard due to a tropical rain event. With this moisture came the challenge of increased fungal pressure on the fruit - 2 weeks out from the white harvest (leading to a very stressed Viticulturalist and Winemaker). For the reds, it gave them a much appreciated drink in the lead up to harvest in late March. Despite this challenge, all fruit harvested are of exceptional quality, showing intense varietal characters.

Reviews

  • Out to impress. Fine and delicate chardonnay with a grapefruit and cereal complexity, fine minerality and citrussy tang.
    Sunday Times Magazine, Ray Jordan's Top Drops with Max Veenhuyzen, 10th December 2017, page 27
  • 91/100 - A variety that is often associated with warmer vineyard areas of Australia, yet this one absolutely nails it. A beautiful wine loaded with licorice, brambly dark fruit and deep syrupy chocolate. Its so smooth and velvety in the mouth wine fine tannins in support. A real surprise.
    Ray Jordan's 2018 WA Wine Guide, published October 2017, page 121
  • This is a more elegant chardonnay than in previous years. The fruit is tight and lemony, and the acidity is bright and lively. There is gentle savoury nuttiness of the nose, and the palate is long and lean. Decanting relay helps open the wine. And take care not to over chill as the flavours are restrained and discrete. I enjoy the wine's freshness and gentle complexity. Give it a little time to bloom in the cellar as it will grow in time. 2017-2024.
    www.TheRealReview.com, Toni Paterson, 9th August 2017
  • 94/100. Grapefruit and over citrus get a clear run up the straight. I am tolerant of high acidity , but this tests me. What it must do to others I have no idea. To 2026.
    James Halliday Wine Companion 2018 edition, released 3rd August 2017, page 591
Estate Reserve

2016 Sandalford Estate Reserve Chardonnay

Case (6) $210.00
Qty
Total: $0.00
Bottle $35.00
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Total: $0.00

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