Margaret River

2016 Sandalford Margaret River Range Shiraz

Soft, JuicyMargaret River

The mild spring conditions merged into a warm and dry start to summer, with the vines on track slightly earlier than normal. These conditions were interrupted in mid-January 16, with 70mm of rain falling in the vineyard due to a tropical rain event. With this moisture came the challenge of increased fungal pressure on the fruit - 2 weeks out from the white harvest (leading to a very stressed Viticulturalist and Winemaker). For the reds, it gave them a much appreciated drink in the lead up to harvest in late March. Despite this challenge, all fruit harvested are of exceptional quality, showing intense varietal characters.

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Winemaker comments

The fruit for this wine was machine harvested during the cool of night, March 2016. The must was inoculated with selected yeast strains specifically for Shiraz. The ferments proceeded at an even pace for two weeks until dryness - pump overs were utilised over this period for cap management and gentle extraction of colour and tannins in the wine. The wine was then drained and pressed off skins. After MLF the wine was matured for 3 months on 20% new French oak, before being blended, clarified 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.

Tasting notes

Varietals

Shiraz

Colour

Vibrant ruby red

Nose

This wine has spice - star anise and vanilla, combine with blueberries and mulberries and a definite floral note.

Palate

This wine opens with an abundance of sweet berry fruits. Underneath is a complex mix of spice and mocha. French oak adds vanilla to the mix. Velvety smooth tannins lead to a gentle and lingering finish. Medium term cellaring will only add to the complexity of this wine.

Vintage Conditions

The mild spring conditions merged into a warm and dry start to summer, with the vines on track slightly earlier than normal. These conditions were interrupted in mid-January 16, with 70mm of rain falling in the vineyard due to a tropical rain event. With this moisture came the challenge of increased fungal pressure on the fruit - 2 weeks out from the white harvest (leading to a very stressed Viticulturalist and Winemaker). For the reds, it gave them a much appreciated drink in the lead up to harvest in late March. Despite this challenge, all fruit harvested are of exceptional quality, showing intense varietal characters.

Reviews

  • 90/100
    James Halliday Wine Companion 2018 edition, released 3rd August 2017, page 591
Margaret River

2016 Sandalford Margaret River Range Shiraz

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