2018 Sandalford Margaret River Range Rose
This style is all about pristine fruit in the bottle. Pink, bright and bold. There are more of the savoury spice notes this year to balance out the abundant berries. This wine is just off dry and balanced with natural acidity. The finish is refreshing and flavoursome.
This wine was made as a Rose from the very first day in the vineyard. The grapes were picked late March to early April and after crushing, they were held in the press for 2-3 hours of skin contact. Once juice had the desired colour and flavour, it was drained & lightly pressed off the skins before being cold settled in tank. Fermentation progressed at cool temperatures ensuring fruit characters were fully preserved. Once completed, the wine was immediately stabilised, clarified and bottled. This style is all about pristine fruit in the bottle.
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.
Pink, bright and bold.
Still that quintessential strawberries and cream, but this year has an enticing savoury edge.
There are more of the savoury spice notes this year to balance out the abundant berries. This wine is just off dry and balanced with natural acidity. The finish is refreshing and flavoursome. Definitely a wine to serve chilled, add in an ice block or two if needed, and drink whilst fresh and vibrant.
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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