Margaret River

2016 Sandalford Margaret River Range Cabernet Merlot

Polished, Rich, Structured Margaret 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 in mid-March. After crushing the must was inoculated with selected strains of yeast and fermentation proceeded at an even pace for two weeks until dryness. The resultant wine was then drained and pressed. After MLF the wine was matured for 12 months in French oak, of which 5 months was with 20% new oak, before blending 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

90% Cabernet Sauvignon and 10% Merlot

Colour

Dark cherry red

Nose

Dusty plums and blackberries mixed with seductive sweet mocha notes.

Palate

Sweet blackberries and blueberries mingle with mocha and chocolate. There are notes of cedar and spices, particularly nutmeg and cinnamon. The tannins are silky smooth and add to the wonderful texture on the palate. This is a rich blend that will continually open up and evolve in the glass. Medium term cellaring will only add to the wine's complexity.

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.

Awards & Recognition

  • Perth Royal Wine Show 2017
  • Wine Show of Western Australia 2017
  • Royal Adelaide Wine Show 2017
  • Margaret River Wine Show 2017

Reviews

  • 94/100 - Estate-grown, matured in new French oak. Cassis, plum and leaf on the bouquet are replicated in the opening stanzas of the palate. It's not until the finish that the tannins appear and lock onto the tastebuds, allied with bay leaf and black olive. Demands patience.
    The Weekend Australian Magazine, Top 100, James Halliday, 4th November 2017
  • A tightly framed and held cabernet merlot blend with some raw oak working into blackcurrant and fruitcake flavours.
    The Sunday Times, STM Magazine Top Drops, Ray Jordan, 22nd October 2017
  • Excellent cassis and blueberry nuances with delicate floral shades. The palate is youthful, bright and lively with refreshing acidity and papery tannin. Very young right now, though the flavour and varietal expression are good. It needs a little time in bottle to soften and harmonise.
    www.TheRealReview.com, Toni Paterson, 17th September 2017
  • Deep red/purple colour, with a savoury dried herb and black fruit aroma, some shrillness from acidity and pervasive firm, grippy tannins. There's a core of sweetness then big tannins to finish. The aftertaste is very drying. Protein-rich food is called for.
    www.TheRealReview.com, Huon Hooke, 4th September 2017
Margaret River

2016 Sandalford Margaret River Range Cabernet Merlot

Case (6) $131.70
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Bottle $21.95
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