2019 Sandalford Margaret River Range Sauvignon Blanc Semillon
Abundant tropical and citrus flavours as per the nose, but they continue to evolve as this wine opens up. There’s quince and a floral edge. The palate has a minerality to it, but is textural and lively. This wine has an elegant balance and wonderful length on the finish. It definitely has that drinkability factor.
The grapes for this wine were machine harvested in the cool of night during February 2019. After crushing, the must was transferred to one of our tank presses, where only the free run juice was utilised for fermentation. Low solids and cool ferment temperatures using specialised yeast strains ensured the fruit characters were preserved to their utmost in the resultant wine. Blending according to style was conducted just prior to stabilisation 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.
72% Sauvignon Blanc and 28% Semillon
Up front blackcurrant buds and a lemon sherbet twist. There's the classic tropical notes of passionfruit and gooseberries and then flinty notes as the wine opens up.
Abundant tropical and citrus flavours as per the nose, but they continue to evolve as this wine opens up. There's quince and a floral edge. The palate has a minerality to it, but is textural and lively. This wine has an elegant balance and wonderful length on the finish. It definitely has that drinkability factor.
Whilst the majority of Australia had a hot summer with above average temperatures, the southwest corner of WA was blessed with a mild summer, with temperatures for the period falling below average. These milder conditions resulted in a delayed ripening for most varieties resulting in excellent flavour development within the grapes at harvest. With no disease pressure, all grapes were harvested with an optimum balance of sugar and flavours. The resulting wines show wonderful varietal characters.
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