Leading wine critic James Halliday RATES Sandalford in the 2020 Wine Companion
Australia's leading wine critic James Halliday has once again awarded Sandalford Wines the very coveted and extremely prestigious RED 5 STAR rating in his 2020 Australian Wine Companion just released.
We are extremely proud and very humbled by this incredible accolade which places Sandalford Wines amongst the very best of Australia's 2,500 or so different wineries.
Congratulations to both our Viticultural and Winemaking teams lead by Peter Traeger and Hope Metcalf respectively for this fantastic achievement!
An extraordinary TEN Sandalford Wines were awarded 90 points or more by James Halliday and his tasting panel. Summarised below are the relevant extracts from the 2020 Wine Companion featuring our wines.
We have put together a very special Halliday offer on a selected dozen (twelve bottles) at a very exclusive price - you will receive three bottles each of 2018 Sandalford Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, 2018 Sandalford Estate Reserve Verdelho, 2016 Sandalford 1840 Cabernet Merlot, and 2017 Sandalford Margaret River Cabernet Merlot bundled up for only $199 (RRP $366). This deal also includes free delivery Australia wide!
Simply click here to purchase, enter the special coupon code HALLIDAY2020 to activate the special price.
James said about Sandalford Wines in his annual 'wine bible':
"Sandalford is one of Australia’s oldest and largest privately owned wineries. In 1970 it moved beyond its original Swan Valley base, purchasing a substantial property in Margaret River that is now the main source of its premium grapes. Wines are released under the Element, Winemakers Margaret River and Estate Reserve ranges, with Prendiville Reserve at the top."
2016 Sandalford Prendiville Reserve Shiraz
“Hand-picked and taken to Sandalford's new small-batch facility for fermentation, matured in new and 1yo French oak barriques for 15 months, the best 18 barriques selected for this wine. Has more supple mouthfeel and fruit complexity than its Reserve Wilyabrup Vineyard sibling; spices and dark berry flavours taking the honours; oak and tannins left to provide balance and texture."
Rating 95. Drink to 2040.
2016 Sandalford Prendiville Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
“Crushed and destemmed to small 1t open fermenters, pressed and transferred to oak, after 13 months the best 18 barriques (French, 70% new) were bottled for this wine. Fractionally brighter colour than its Estate Reserve sibling. The bouquet is fragrant, with red and black berry fruits typical of cabernet, the elegant palate no more than medium-bodied. Remarkably, given its weight, it has absorbed the oak, leaving cassis to roam free with touches of bay leaf on the finish to introduce a savoury element."
Rating 95. Drink to 2036.
2017 Sandalford Estate Reserve Chardonnay
“Estate grown, all free-run juice, fermented in French barriques (25-30% new). Continues the low alcohol theme of this wine at 12.5%. The rich aromas of stone fruit, cashew and sweet citrus don't really prepare you for the palate, which is quite reserved and almost lean; the flavours of lemon, grilled nuts and toasty oak gathering gradually before a long, citric finish."
Rating 94. Drink to 2024.
2016 Sandalford Estate Reserve Shiraz
“Hand-picked, destemmed and crushed, open-fermented, fermented and mlf completed in tank, matured in French oak (30% new) for 15 months. Deep crimson-purple. A complex medium to full bodied shiraz; its flavours ranging through purple to black fruits embroidered with a range of spicy notes ex fruit and oak; the mouthfeel long and complete. The tannins are fine but (appropriately) noticeable, underlining the ability of the wine to develop over many years; balance its final message."
Rating 94. Drink to 2036.
2016 Sandalford 1840 Range Shiraz
“A tribute to the winemaking team at Sandalford. Beginning in the 50yo vineyard with perfectly ripened shiraz that would stand tall in any company, then the winery introducing quality French oak (20% new)."
Rating 94. Drink to 2036.
2016 Sandalford Estate Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon
“A savoury, textured cabernet; blackcurrant intermingling with tannins and forestry notes from the word go."
Rating 94. Drink to 2031.
2018 Sandalford Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Rating 92. Drink to 2021.
2016 Sandalford 1840 Cabernet Merlot
Rating 91. Drink to 2031.
2018 Sandalford Estate Reserve Verdelho
Rating 90. Drink to 2021.
2017 Sandalford Margaret River Range Cabernet Merlot
Rating 90. Drink to 2027.
Take advantage of this exclusive offer and add to your cellar collection today - twelve outstanding James Halliday rated wines for only $199. Simply click here to purchase, enter the special coupon code HALLIDAY2020 to activate the special price, and we will send to your address three bottles each of 2018 Sandalford Estate Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Semillon, 2018 Sandalford Estate Reserve Verdelho, 2016 Sandalford 1840 Cabernet Merlot, and 2017 Sandalford Margaret River Cabernet Merlot.
20 August 2019