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2016 Sandalford Element Shiraz Cabernet

Berries, Spice Western Australia

2016 started with mild spring conditions, which developed into a warm and dry start to summer. However, a tropical rain event in mid-January interrupted these lovely conditions. With this moisture came the challenge of increased disease pressure on the fruit. Despite this challenge, all fruit harvested was of exceptional quality, showing intense varietal characters.

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Winemaker comments

Immediately after harvest the fruit was destemmed and crushed to static fermenters. Pumpovers were used for extraction and cap management during the fermentation which took place using a selected yeast strain. After fermentation the wine was drained, skins pressed with the pressings going back in with the free-run wine. The wine was then inoculated with a known MLF strain. Post this fermentation the wine was aged on older French oak before blending and 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

90% Shiraz and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon

Colour

Dark crimson red

Nose

Being Shiraz dominant, this wine has notes of blackberry and spice. As the flavours open up, it reveals blueberry, cherry and mocha.

Palate

This wine style is all about the purity of the fruit. Berry fruits are in abundance, with some hints of nutmeg and star anise. The wine is medium bodied with light, smooth tannins. A wine to enjoy within the next few years.

Vintage Conditions

2016 started with mild spring conditions, which developed into a warm and dry start to summer. However, a tropical rain event in mid-January interrupted these lovely conditions. With this moisture came the challenge of increased disease pressure on the fruit. Despite this challenge, all fruit harvested was of exceptional quality, showing intense varietal characters.

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2016 Sandalford Element Shiraz Cabernet

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