Shiraz Viognier Margaret River Western Australia
Margaret River is realizing it's potential as one of the world's great Shiraz producing regions. Sandalford have lead the way in premium Margaret River wines for over 150 years, fine tuning their regimens from vintage to vintage. The changes reflect modern practices, yet maintain the tradition and mystique behind the winemaking process. A mostly Shiraz wine with a portion of Viognier for aromaticness and complexity, Sandalford still practice small batch processing of all fruit, while insisting on maturation in nothing but the finest selection of oak.
Sandalford's vineyards go from strength to strength with each passing year. Shiraz is harvested throughout the cool of night, bunches are destemmed and crushed to ten and twenty- tonne static fermenters. Musts are inoculated with strains of yeast chosen for their excellent affinity to Viognier and Shiraz. Varietals are co fermented to a course of rack and returns with daily pumpovers for optimal extraction and cap management. Vinification proceeds at an even pace for a fortnight until complete dryness. Batches are pressed off skins to barrel for completion of malolactic and a term of age in a selection of French oak prior to assemblage and clarification.
Classic dark cherry red with solid magenta hue. Beautiful big, lifted perfumed nose filled with floral accents, spice and liquorice notes. All that is on the nose comes through to the palate. Dark cherry flavours reminiscent of black forest gateaux. Spices comes through the primary fruit character, the texture and structure are seamless. A powerfully fruit driven wine, complex enough to satisfy the most ardent Shiraz enthusiast.