2017 Sandalford Winemakers Late Harvest
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. These wines are all about balance, harmony and drinkability. There are no lashings of oak and winemaking artefact here, just great fruit-driven wines from vines up to fifty years of age.
Made from a blend of premium white grapes from both our Swan Valley and Margaret River Vineyard. The grapes were harvested in the cool of the night during February and March. Following crushing and pressing, the juice underwent a cool fermentation to protect their delicate tropical flavours. Fermentation was stopped early, which allowed us to retain some of the natural sugars from the grapes in the wine to give it the desired sweetness. This results in in the lower alcohol content, making this not only fruity and sweet, but also light-bodied in style. All in all a much loved wine which as always should be served well chilled.
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60% Chenin Blanc, 17% Sauvignon Blanc, 14% Semillon, 5% Chardonnay & 4% Verdelho.
Tropical fruit salad in a glass. There's a mix of passionfruit, pineapple and guava and sweet orange blossom notes.
Just like the nose suggests with tropical flavours in abundance, luscious sweetness without being unctuous and low alcohol really driving home the softness and appeal of this wine.
What to say. The 2017 vintage is going to be a vintage that will be remembered for years to come. Overall, the conditions were cooler than average and saw ripening on most varieties delayed by up to 4 weeks on normal. In the Swan Valley, the season will be remembered for the high rainfall with 30mm falling in late January and another 70mm 10 days later in February. This saw the Swan River burst it's banks. Whilst Sandalford had no flood damage in the vineyard, the unseasonal weather created challenges in the vineyard. All whites harvested during this period show intense varietal characters.