Margaret River

2016 Sandalford Margaret River Range Classic Dry White (SBS)

Tropical, 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 was of exceptional quality, showing intense varietal characters.

Case (6) $131.70
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Bottle $21.95
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Winemaker comments

The grapes for this wine were machine-harvested in the cool of night during February 2016. After crushing, the must was transferred to one of our tank presses where only the free-run juice was utilised for fermentation. Low solids and cool ferment temperatures using specialised yeast strains ensured the fruit characters were preserved to their utmost in the resultant wine. Blending according to style was conducted just prior to stabilisation and 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.

Tasting notes

Varietals

70% Sauvignon Blanc and 30% Semillon

Colour

Pale straw

Nose

Lifted orange blossom, combine with passionfruit and candied lemon.

Palate

Lemon sherbet and passionfruit notes up front. As the wine evolves in the glass there's notes of blackberry leaves, vanilla spice and quince paste. The palate is complex with both texture and a crisp acidity resulting in a wine with beautiful balance and wonderful length on the finish. This wine has that drinkability factor.

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 was of exceptional quality, showing intense varietal characters.

Reviews

  • 92/100 - A semillon/sauvignon blend with a smidgen of chenin. Beautiful wild flower nose crisp and well defined across the palate, a good glass of wine, serve chilled but not too cold as this dulls the flavours, 92 points and worth $20.
    The Key Report, Tony Keys, 27th January 2017
  • "Herbal and fresh aromas mingle in the fresh clean aroma. There's a touch of richness and the palate is quite intense. Crisp lip smacking dry finish and refreshing aftertaste. 2016-2021"
    www.TheRealReview.com, Huon Hooke, 3rd November 2016
  • Wine Spotlight: This blend of sauvignon blanc and semillon is a summery quaffer that's difficult to resist. Sandalford was a pioneer of Margaret River (planted 1972) and its take of the blend is delightfully aromatic, featuring juicy tropical fruit with an attractive greengage note and a crisp clean finish.
    Money Magazine, Peter Forrestal, November 2016 edition.
  • The nose is quite shy with gentle tropical fruit characters. A very fruity palate with a touch of honeysuckle, ripe pineapple and sweet lemon. It is a friendly style, with its fruitiness balanced by bright acidity. Great with fish and chips, by the seaside.
    www.TheRealReview.com, Toni Paterson, 28th September 2016
Margaret River

2016 Sandalford Margaret River Range Classic Dry White (SBS)

Case (6) $131.70
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Total: $0.00
Bottle $21.95
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Total: $0.00

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