2018 Sandalford Winemakers Shiraz
As always, this is not going to be technical. It’s fresh and berry fruity! Bad Dad joke I know. Berries, it’s all mulberries and blueberries for me, there’s some of that Shiraz spice coming through and I also taste vanilla. Drink now for maximum fruit impact.
Usual stuff here ... Ben (with some help) picked the grapes and Mark & Greg crushed it into the fermenter. Mark rehydrated some Shiraz yeast and added it to the grapes to start fermentation. It was on skins for about a week, before being pressed to separate the wine and the skins. It was then left for a small time to mature before 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.
Classic dark red with a solid magenta hue.
As always, this is not going to be technical. It's fresh and berry fruity! Bad Dad joke I know. Berries - it's all mulberries and blueberries for me, there's some of that Shiraz spice coming through and I also taste vanilla. Drink now for maximum fruit impact.
For the 2018 vintage, I can say it again. It's been another great year ... there was no rain and no heat spikes.