Estate Reserve

2016 Sandalford Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Juicy, Elegance Margaret River

The mild spring conditions merged into a warm and dry start to summer, with the vines on track slightly earlier than normal. These conditions were interrupted in mid-January 16, with 70mm of rain falling in the vineyard due to a tropical rain event. With this moisture came the challenge of increased fungal pressure on the fruit - 2 weeks out from the white harvest (leading to a very stressed Viticulturalist and Winemaker). For the reds, it gave them a much appreciated drink in the lead up to harvest in late March - early April. Despite this challenge, all fruit harvested are of exceptional quality, showing intense varietal characters.

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Winemaker comments

The fruit for this wine came exclusively from our 40+ year old, dry-grown Margaret River Estate vineyard. After crushing and de-stemming the fruit underwent fermentation in small 10 tonne static fermenters. The traditional method of pumping over was employed during fermentation to optimise colour, flavour and tannin extraction. Near the end of fermentation, the wine was pressed, with the pressings and free-run wine kept as one, and then inoculated for MLF with selected bacteria. After the completion of MLF the wine was racked and transferred to French oak barrels (30% new). After 13 months of barrel maturation the various wine components were blended together and then 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

Cabernet Sauvignon

Colour

Dark cherry red.

Nose

Perfumed and floral notes open to concentrated blackberries and savoury spices.

Palate

This is classic Margaret River Cabernet. Blackberries, cassis, blueberries and mocha notes jump out. Full of sweet seductive fruits, there is also an underlying savoury edge to the blend giving notes of cedar and nutmeg. The tannins are silky but powerful and combine with the acid to give this wine wonderful structure and length. This wine is complex, it will definitely reward the patient consumer over the next ten + years with proper cellaring, if you can wait.

Vintage Conditions

The mild spring conditions merged into a warm and dry start to summer, with the vines on track slightly earlier than normal. These conditions were interrupted in mid-January 16, with 70mm of rain falling in the vineyard due to a tropical rain event. With this moisture came the challenge of increased fungal pressure on the fruit - 2 weeks out from the white harvest (leading to a very stressed Viticulturalist and Winemaker). For the reds, it gave them a much appreciated drink in the lead up to harvest in late March - early April. Despite this challenge, all fruit harvested are of exceptional quality, showing intense varietal characters.

Estate Reserve

2016 Sandalford Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon

Case (6) $270.00
Qty
Total: $0.00
Bottle $45.00
Qty
Total: $0.00

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