2017 Sandalford Winemakers Cabernet Merlot
The Winemakers Range is all about delivering quite simply the best Western Australian wine at the best price. Quite simply, "Bang for your buck!" These wines are a blend of both the Margaret River and Swan Valley regions. In other words we have the riper, richer notes from the Swan with the cooler climate, more elegant and sophisticated characters from Margaret River. There are no lashings of oak and winemaking artefact here, just great fruit-driven wines from vines up to fifty years of age. These wines are all about balance, harmony and drinkability without burning a hole in your purse or wallet! So go on, have a crack and let us know the outcome! As always, enjoy in moderation.
Usual stuff here ...Ben (with some help) picked it and Mark & Greg crushed it into the fermenter. Mark rehydrated the yeast and then it was fermented. It was on skins for about a week before being pressed to separate the wine and skins. It was then left for a small time to mature before bottling.
54% Cabernet Sauvignon, 46% Merlot
Dark cherry red.
Rich plum and wild berries up front, with hints of violets, cinnamon and vanilla spices.
Cabernet and Merlot. It's just one of those matches that work, like Cabernet and Lamb ... but back to the point. There's black and blue berries from the Cabernet, with dusty plums from the Merlot and lots of savoury spices. This wine is all about the fruit. Don't wait, drink it now - I can already taste the lamb with it!
Here I was last year saying 2016 was a challenging vintage ... 2017 certainly topped it. A lot of rain fell in January and February. The Swan River was as full as I've ever seen it, yep it flooded - it's definitely not the norm to see a hay bale floating down the river! The growing season was much cooler than normal - the grapes were picked 3-4 weeks later than normal. This longer ripening time means the vines had more time to build excellent flavour concentration within the grapes.