2016 Sandalford Winemakers Classic White
The Winemakers Range is all about delivering quite simply the best Western Australian wine at the best price. Quite simply, "Bang for your buck!" These wines are a blend of both the Margaret River and Swan Valley regions. In other words we have the riper, richer notes from the Swan with the cooler climate, more elegant and sophisticated characters from Margaret River. There are no lashings of oak and winemaking artefact here, just great fruit-driven wines from vines up to fifty years of age. These wines are all about balance, harmony and drinkability without burning a hole in your purse or wallet! So go on, have a crack and let us know the outcome! As always, enjoy in moderation.
Peter, Richard and the picking crew were again out in the dark during February to harvest all of these magnificent grapes in the cool of night. Geoff then drove them to the winery on his truck. Greg tipped them into the crusher, Mark pumped them via a chiller into the press and the juice then went into a nice clean stainless steel tank for fermentation. Four weeks later, hey presto, white wine! We did manage to sterile filter this wine on the way to bottle just to make sure it was squeaky clean.
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.
A fruit salad of Sauvignon Blanc 60%, Semillon 23%, Verdelho 12% and Chardonnay 5% grapes.
Floral, musk like notes which flow into the palate.
Lots of candied lemon and lime and as always a refreshing lemony finish.
A challenging vintage resulting in a very stressed Viticulturalist and Winemaker. The wines however, show none of this, with the 2016 vintage producing another round of excellent wines showing intense varietal characters.