Margaret River

2017 Sandalford Margaret River Range Rose

Bright, Fruity, FlamboyantMargaret River

From the summer rainfall & river flooding in the Swan Valley, to the threat of not ripening any of the red grapes in Margaret River, the 2017 vintage will be remembered as one of the most nerve-racking and anxious seasons. It certainly beats all of the last 10 vintages I've seen at Sandalford. Overall, the whole growing season, from Spring through to Summer / Autumn was much cooler than average. There were no heat extremes this year. This delayed the ripening of all varieties by at least 3 -4 weeks than normal. For the whites, the wines have excellent flavour concentration and structure and were harvested with a good natural acid and sugar balance.

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Winemaker comments

This wine was made as a Rose from the very first day in the vineyard. The grapes were picked late March - April and after crushing, they were held in the press for 4-5 hours of skin contact. Once the desired colour and flavour was attained, the juice was drained from the press and cold-settled in tank. Fermentation progressed at cool temperatures ensuring fruit characters were fully preserved. The ferment was tasted daily and once the desired sugar level was reached, the fermentation was stopped followed by immediate stabilisation, clarification and bottling. Pristine fruit in a bottle is more than apt to this style.

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

Cabernet Sauvignon

Colour

Pink, bright and bold PINK.

Nose

This year there are more strawberries than cream, but it is still strawberries and cream.

Palate

There are spice notes in here that really lift the summer pudding flavours - think lots of berries, not just strawberries but raspberries and blueberries as well with vanilla and cinnamon spices. This wine is off dry and balanced with natural acidity producing a refreshing and flavoursome finish. Definitely a wine to serve chilled, add in an ice block or two if needed, and drink whilst fresh and vibrant. But most importantly, enjoy!

Vintage Conditions

From the summer rainfall & river flooding in the Swan Valley, to the threat of not ripening any of the red grapes in Margaret River, the 2017 vintage will be remembered as one of the most nerve-racking and anxious seasons. It certainly beats all of the last 10 vintages I've seen at Sandalford. Overall, the whole growing season, from Spring through to Summer / Autumn was much cooler than average. There were no heat extremes this year. This delayed the ripening of all varieties by at least 3 -4 weeks than normal. For the whites, the wines have excellent flavour concentration and structure and were harvested with a good natural acid and sugar balance.

Reviews

  • Spring is sprung, the grass is riz, I wonder where the birdie is. It's a favourite rendition of mine come springtime, but not as evocative as getting out a delicious bottle of rose and having it with a light lunch of whatever. The 'what-ever' is exactly that because rose goes with pretty much whatever. This rose is a perennial fave of mine. Strawberries and raspberries lead the berry flavour charge with a dash of vanilla spice hovering in the background. The acid is there but not overly so and all round it's a pretty moreish drop. Serve it well chilled with 'whatever' or nothing if that's your want. Just don't put it in the cellar in the hope of something better down the track.
    Medical Observer, Dr Peter Hay, October 2017, page 70
  • Cherry pink colour. An old-school rose with considerable sweetness, bright ripe berries and balancing acidity. I suspect this wine will have a loyal fan base.
    www.TheRealReview.com, Toni Paterson, 19th September 2017
  • Deep, bright red/pink colour with a touch of development. The aroma is cassis cabernet-like and bright, crushed leaf and raspberry, while the palate is full flavoured and fairly sweet.
    www.TheRealReview.com, Huon Hooke, 2nd September 2017
Margaret River

2017 Sandalford Margaret River Range Rose

Case (6) $131.70
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Bottle $21.95
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