2018 Sandalford Element Shiraz Cabernet
This is a fruity wine with berries in abundance. They are reds and blue berries through to black berries. The spices of star anise, cinnamon and a hint of pepper add to the savoury balance of the wine.
After harvest, the grapes were destemmed and crushed into static fermenters. Pump overs were used for cap management and the extraction of colour, tannins and flavour during ferment. Near the end of fermentation, the wine was drained and pressed, with the pressings combined with the free run wine. The wine was then inoculated with a known MLF strain. Post MLF, the wine was left to age, before 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.
Shiraz & Cabernet Sauvignon
Bright juicy berries, with a floral hint and layers of savoury spices.
This is a fruity wine with berries in abundance. They are reds and blue berries through to black berries. The spices of star anise, cinnamon and a hint of pepper add to the savoury balance of the wine. This wine is medium bodied with light, silky tannins. A wine to enjoy within the next few years.
The 2018 vintage was a return to the fantastic conditions that WA is known for. With an overall wet start to the season in winter and early spring providing a good base of ground water for the vines. November was very dry, perfectly timed with the vines going through flowering and fruit set. Spring saw the start of an extended dry and warm period through to the end of picking in mid April and the maximum temperatures were consistent with long term averages. All grapes harvested this season are of exceptional quality and showing great varietal characters.
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