Element

2017 Sandalford Element Chardonnay

Citrus, Elegant Margaret 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 (12) $168.00
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Bottle $14.00
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Winemaker comments

The fruit for this wine was machine-harvested in February during the cool of night. The fruit was immediately processed and underwent a long, slow ferment in stainless steel tanks with a selected yeast strain. At the end of fermentation the wine was kept sure lies for a month prior to being blended, stabilised, filtered and bottled.

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

Nose

Abundant peach and nectarine, with a hint of grapefruit as it opens up.

Palate

There are more citrus notes coming through on the palate with grapefruit and candied lemon flavours up front. This is a light bodied wine, but is full of texture and has a seamless line to the finish. With no oak, this wine is all about the purity of the Chardonnay fruit. A wine to enjoy within the next few years and best served lightly 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.

Element

2017 Sandalford Element Chardonnay

Case (12) $168.00
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Total: $0.00
Bottle $14.00
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Total: $0.00

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