Fortified & Dessert Wine

2014 Sandalford Botrytis Semillon

Orange Blossom, Apricots, LusciousRiverina

This wine was made in the traditional manner of Australian, 'stickies'. Fully botrytised fruit was harvested, crushed and pressed before clarification and cold fermentation. Fermentation was stopped early to preserve the natural grape sugars. Post ferment the wine was stabilised and further clarified prior to bottling.

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Winemaker comments

This wine was made in the traditional manner of Australian, 'stickies'. Fully botrytised fruit was harvested, crushed and pressed before clarification and cold fermentation. Fermentation was stopped early to preserve the natural grape sugars. Post ferment the wine was stabilised and further clarified prior to 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

Semillon

Colour

Golden yellow.

Nose

All the classic botrytis notes of pineapple, apricot marmalade and perfumed orange blossom.

Palate

Full of pineapple and orange marmalade, it keeps evolving to show more complex fruit notes, particularly apricot and peaches. This wine is super luscious with a beautiful acid balance resulting in a long and cleansing finish. Served chilled. A perfect match with virtually any cheese, pate and toasted artisan bread.

Vintage Conditions

As in 2013 there was an early start to vintage due to the warm and dry conditions in spring that continued into Summer. Conditions were ideal during the harvest, leading to wines with lovely varietal characters combining with the traditional botrytis flavours.

Fortified & Dessert Wine

2014 Sandalford Botrytis Semillon

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