2016 Sandalford Sweet Red
This wine is all about the sweet berry fruits. There’s blackcurrants and blackberries and just a hint of dark chocolate in the mix.
Sweet red is a style for those wine drinkers who often find red wines somewhat dry and tannic. There is often a cultural aspect to this and out of respect of this we have made this wine to suit those who really enjoy this style of wine. Definitely a wine to serve somewhat cooler than normal cellar temperature.
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.
Dark garnet red.
This wine is all about the sweet berry fruits. There's blackcurrants and blackberries and just a hint of dark chocolate in the mix.
As for the nose, the flavours are all about berries - blackberries, blueberries and blackcurrants. This wine is unmistakably a sweet red.
With low rainfall levels in winter and warmer than normal temperatures, 2016 saw one of the earliest starts to harvest. With great spring growth on the vines, the fruit for this wine was harvested in optimum condition, showing full flavours and ripeness for an early March harvest.