Estate Reserve

2016 Sandalford Estate Reserve Shiraz

Bold, Meaty, FleshyMargaret 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 which lead to a very stressed Viticulturalist and Winemaker. However, for the reds, it gave them a much-appreciated drink in the lead up to harvest in late March - early April. Despite these challenges, all fruit harvested were of exceptional quality, showing intense varietal characters.

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Winemaker comments

Hand-picked in late March 2016, the Shiraz grapes were de-stemmed and crushed before being inoculated with selected yeast strains and fermented in open fermenters. The must was mixed, by pumping over, twice daily during fermentation to keep the skins and juice in constant contact. Based on taste, the fermenting must was pressed once the perfect balance of colour, flavour and tannin extraction was reached. After the completion of primary fermentation, the wine was inoculated for Malolactic Fermentation (MLF), before being transferred to 100% French oak, of which 30% were new barrels. The wine then spent 15 months maturing in the barrels prior to 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

Shiraz

Colour

Dark cherry red.

Nose

Sweet berries and savoury spice. Mulberries and blueberries up front evolve into mocha and star anise.

Palate

The palate is concentrated and complex. All of the above flavours dance with cherries, cinnamon, marzipan and even a savoury meaty note. Velvety soft and supple, like the perfect winter coat, the fruit and oak tannins give this wine a beautiful and complex structure. The finish is rich and lingers with dark berries and mocha accents. A wine that will age gracefully for at least another 10 years from vintage date, more if stored in ideal conditions.

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 which lead to a very stressed Viticulturalist and Winemaker. However, for the reds, it gave them a much-appreciated drink in the lead up to harvest in late March - early April. Despite these challenges, all fruit harvested were of exceptional quality, showing intense varietal characters.

Estate Reserve

2016 Sandalford Estate Reserve Shiraz

Case (6) $210.00
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Total: $0.00
Bottle $35.00
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Total: $0.00

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