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2014 Sandalford Margaret River Cabernet Merlot

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Sandalford’s proud history in the Margaret River has seen them grow and grow into one of the prolific producers of the region using the quality of premium Margaret River fruit to make an impact. This red blend makes an impact on the nose and palate with its plum and dark berry fruit, luscious mouth-filling tannins and well-integrated French Oak. This will cellar well in the medium term but do yourself a favour if you are going to drink it now, decant it first and pair it with some lamb shanks.

Winemaker's Notes

Varietal breakdown: 78% Cabernet Sauvignon, 22% Merlot

Vintage: Margaret River has once again been favoured with ideal ripening conditions for the 2014 vintage. Over 1000mL of winter rain meant there was a solid level of sub-soil moisture for the vines. Mild summer conditions prevailed with cool nights and an almost constant breeze producing grapes which held their natural acid balance and had exceptional flavour development at lower sugar levels. Again, all fruit was disease free, with all varieties coming off at perfect ripeness.

Winemakers 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 10 months in 20% new French oak, before blending and bottling.

Tasting notes:
Colour: Dark cherry red
Nose: Red berries and dusty plums, with notes of cedar and nutmeg
Palate: Sweet blackberries, red currants and plums up front, opening up to reveal a mix of stewed rhubarb and marzipan with nutmeg and vanilla spices. Silky smooth, yet firm tannins add great length to the finish. This is a rich blend that will continually evolve in the glass as you enjoy every sip. Medium term cellaring will only add to the complexity

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TROPHY - 2016 Wine Show of Western Australia, Mt Barker
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Alc/vol: 14.5%

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2014 Sandalford Margaret River Cabernet Merlot

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Wine Companion (2014 Vintage) says
How one could afford to mature a wine at this price in new French oak is beyond me, but it doesn't stop there, for the quality of the fruit deserved this oak. There is an abundance of cassis, black olive and all-up savoury flavours on the medium to full-bodied palate, ripe tannins a further bonus.
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