Estate Reserve

2017 Sandalford Estate Reserve Verdelho

Fruity, Punchy, RacyMargaret River

From the summer rainfall & river flooding in the Swan Valley, to the threat of not ripening any of the red grapes in Margaret River, the 2017 vintage will be remembered as one of the most nerve-racking and anxious seasons. It certainly beats all of the last 10 vintages I've seen at Sandalford. Overall, the whole growing season, from Spring through to Summer / Autumn was much cooler than average. There were no heat extremes this year. This delayed the ripening of all varieties by at least 3 -4 weeks than normal. For the whites, the wines have excellent flavour concentration and structure and were harvested with a good natural acid and sugar balance.

Case (6) $150.00
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Bottle $25.00
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Winemaker comments

The Verdelho grapes were machine harvested in the very early hours of the 3rd March, when the grapes were at their coolest. After which, the fruit was immediately processed and underwent a long, slow ferment in stainless steel tanks with a selected yeast strain. Once the fermentation was ceased, immediate stabilisation, clarification and bottling occurred. Pristine fruit in a bottle is more than apt to this style.

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

Verdelho

Colour

Pale lemon.

Nose

Up front orange blossom, with quince paste and guava notes.

Palate

Definite floral notes on the palate, with honey and spice notes. The citrus evolves from orange to lemon with the lemon giving the palate a defined line and strong finish. The wine is textural and complex with a crisp finish, making it an excellent food wine. It will match beautifully with a diverse range of food. Think grilled seafood through to Chorizo. Serve well chilled.

Vintage Conditions

From the summer rainfall & river flooding in the Swan Valley, to the threat of not ripening any of the red grapes in Margaret River, the 2017 vintage will be remembered as one of the most nerve-racking and anxious seasons. It certainly beats all of the last 10 vintages I've seen at Sandalford. Overall, the whole growing season, from Spring through to Summer / Autumn was much cooler than average. There were no heat extremes this year. This delayed the ripening of all varieties by at least 3 -4 weeks than normal. For the whites, the wines have excellent flavour concentration and structure and were harvested with a good natural acid and sugar balance.

Reviews

  • 90/100 - A light and fragrant verdelho capturing the essential tropical fruit characters of this variety which does so well in Margaret River. A little citrus tang competes the picture of a deliciously appealing wine for current drinking.
    Ray Jordan's 2018 WA Wine Guide, published October 2017, page 121
  • Quite a sweetish wine with typical tropical varietal fruit characters on both nose and palate.
    The Wine and Spirit Insider, November/December 2017, page 116
  • Warmer days are on their way and I can't think of many better wines for enjoying al fresco over summer. Made from a Portuguese grape that plays a key role in the fortified wines of Madeira, this is a fresh and vibrant dry white youngster full of the joys of spring. There are floral and fruit salad aromas on the nose, leading to fresh, zingy palate with tropical fruit notes and zingy acid. Serve this well chilled with maybe a paella, some chorizo or char-grilled squid or oysters. Uncomplicated but affordable and downright delicious.
    Winsorschoice.blogspot.com.au, Winsor Dobbin, 11 September 2017
  • It is easy to see why this wine has such a loyal following. Bright, fresh fruit salad flavours. The palate is gently fruity, though not overly so, and the palate is energised by acidity but not all sour. It is fresh, bright and eminently drinkable. 2017-2020
    www.TheRealReview.com, Toni Paterson, 9th August 2017
Estate Reserve

2017 Sandalford Estate Reserve Verdelho

Case (6) $150.00
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Bottle $25.00
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