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2017 Sandalford Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Aromatic, Citrus, Zippy, ZestyMargaret 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.

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Winemaker comments

This wine is deliberately made to be a very Sauvignon Blanc dominant style. The Semillon acts in support giving some weight and consistency to the style but it is the more lifted and aromatic qualities of the Sauvignon Blanc that we want to see in this wine. The majority of fruit in this wine was sourced from our Margaret River Estate Vineyard. We have also sourced a small parcel of fruit from exceptional vineyards, to complement our fruit and add complexity to the finished wine. All parcels were machine-harvested in the cool of night during March 2017. After 3hours of skin contact, the must was pressed, with only the free-run juice utilised for fermentation. Low solids and cool ferment temperatures ensured the fruit characters were preserved to their utmost in the resultant wine.

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

88% Sauvignon Blanc and 12% Semillon

Colour

Pale lemon with a lime hue.

Nose

Intense passionfruit with a grassy lift and seductive sweet spices.

Palate

The passionfruit and grassy notes combine with citrus and sweet guavas. There is a complexity to this wine and it will continue to evolve with time in the glass. The palate has a wonderful texture, with flavour intensity and a balanced acid line that gives the wine a lingering finish. Serve chilled, and enjoy whilst young and fresh.

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

  • That sauvignon blanc makes up 88 per cent of this Margaret River bled will explain its overwhelming dominance of passionfruit flavours. Semillon's contribution adds a note of complexity to a captivating fruit-driven explosion of favours. Enjoy it right now.
    The Sunday Telegraph, John Fordham, 8th October 2017
  • 90/100. WINE OF THE WEEK. A lightly framed but exquisitely balanced sauvignon blanc-dominant blend. Crisp and zesty on the palate with a lift of citrus and topical fruit that carries through to a racy, long finish. Fine, crisp acid helps on the finish. Nice wine in the short term.
    The West Australian, Ray Jordan, 28 September 2017, page 10 Today section
  • Pale straw colour, with a fresh herb and faint peppermint aroma. The palate is intense and shrill with tart acidity and moderate intensity of straightforward flavour. The aftertaste is lemon sherbet and peppermint, but its quite restrained. It could fill out more, if given a few months in the bottle.
    www.TheRealReview.com, Huon Hooke, 25th September 2017
Estate Reserve

2017 Sandalford Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Semillon

Case (6) $150.00
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Bottle $25.00
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