2018 Sandalford Element Chardonnay
Whilst the stone fruits are dominant on the nose, the citrus really take over on the palate. The ruby red grapefruit and meyer lemon notes really shine through. This wine is light bodied, but it is full of texture and has a fresh acid giving the wine a seamless finish.
The grapes for this wine were machine harvested in the cool of night during February 2018. Following crushing and pressing, the clarified juice was fermented using specially selected yeast strains at very low temperatures to retain the aromatics. Once fermentation was complete, the wine was kept sur lies for a month prior to being blended, stabilised, filtered and bottled
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.
Peaches and nectarine up front, with ruby red grapefruits and a hint of marzipan.
Whilst the stone fruits are dominant on the nose, the citrus really take over on the palate. The ruby red grapefruit and meyer lemon notes really shine through. This wine is light bodied, but it is full of texture and has a fresh acid giving the wine a seamless finish. There is no oak on this wine, it's all about the purity of the Chardonnay grapes. A wine to enjoy within the next few years and best served lightly chilled.
The 2018 vintage was a return to the fantastic conditions that Margaret River is known for. With a 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. After rainfall in both December and mid January, the season changed and we saw an extended dry and warm period through to the end of picking in mid April. The maximum temperatures were consistent with long term average and the sea breeze providing the essential cool nights that Margaret River is known for. All fruit this season is of exceptional quality and showing great varietal characters.
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