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2015 Sandalford Margaret River Chardonnay

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

Take the Margaret River region, the 2010 vintage and premium Chardonnay and you’ve got three very good reasons to jump on this wine. A classic nose of stonefruit with a little elegant peach, this wine is sprightly with a clean, fruit core and zippy acids. There’s a touch of minerals on the palate with good weight and length. It will last in the medium term however it’s drinking brilliantly now especially when paired with a dish of roast chicken.

Winemaker's Notes

WINMAKERS NOTE

This wine is from 100 % Estate grown, old vine Chardonnay, which was harvested in early February 2015. Only the free-run juice was used, with 100% barrel fermentation (20% new Burgundian French barriques and 20% in 1 year old French barriques, the remainder in older barriques). Again we used a combination of traditional wine yeasts, Saccharomyces species and the non-traditional Torulaspora delbueckii. This mix of yeast has added to the complexity of flavours in the resulting blend. This wine underwent no Malolactic Fermentation and was left "sur lies" in barrel for 8 months prior to blending, stabilisation, filtration and bottling.

WINMAKERS NOTE

COLOUR: Pale lemon.
NOSE: A restrained blend of grapefruit, peaches, sweet vanilla and caramelised cashews.
PALATE: This wine starts with peaches and nectarines, opening to reveal notes of vanilla spiced cashews and butterscotch with grapefruit and lemon citrus characters on the back palate. Beautifully integrated French oak from the barrel fermentation results in a medium-bodied wine with lovely texture. The cleansing acidity gives structure and length to the finish. Cellaring for the next 5-7 years will give more complexity for those who like a bigger richer style.

Alc/Vol: 12.5%

expert reviews about

2015 Sandalford Margaret River Chardonnay

Expert Reviews

James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Bright green-gold; nectarine and white peach waft from the bouquet, but don't prepare you for the drive and energy of the palate; grapefruit acidity accelerates through the finish and on to the lingering aftertaste.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
95
Rob Geddes MW (2008 Vintage) says
Margaret River has a consistent fresh-cut pear flavour arrows its chardonnay. In some it dominates and in others it is part of the story. This rich wine has the fresh fruit, distinct acid and low oak to highlight its ripe pear flavours.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
90
Nick Stock (2006 Vintage) says
This covers a broad spectrum of bright, ripe chardonnay fruit characters, from citrus through melon and into stone fruit territory, oak is placed in behind. Ripe and juicy palate, some crisp acidity runs through fig fruit flavours and fresh cashew nuts, flavoursome and balanced finish.
Good Australian Wine Guide 2009 2008
92
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
A notably complex wine with rich cashew/creamy overtones to the fig/melon/white peach fruit; barrel ferment and 12 months lees contact have worked well, with very good mouthfeel. Typical Margaret River
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
94
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Glowing yellow-green; a high-toned wine, with a curious touch of iodine on the bouquet; stone fruit and citrus flavours with judicious barrel ferment inputs.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
90
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Light- to medium-bodied; quite complex, nutty barrel ferment and maturation inputs to peachy, butterscotch fruit; does pull up a little short.
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
90
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
An honest, if rather cloying and confectionary chardonnay whose buttery, grapefruit and pineapple-like aromas precede a forward, flavour-some and rather coarse palate that finishes rather deficient in genuine freshness.
Australian Wine Annual 2007 2006
85
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Slightly reduced characters still linger; melon, stone fruit and cashew with well-integrated oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
88
Jeremy Oliver (2003 Vintage) says
Good honest chardonnay with a slightly spicy, nutty and oaky aroma of sweet melon and grapefruit, plus undertones of lime juice and oatmeal. Its sumptuous, generous palate of grapefruit, melon and mango flavours brings plenty of fruit sweetness and flavour, before a lingering finish of crisp acids. Just a little too oaky for a higher score.
Australian Wine Annual 2005 2004
89
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Light green-yellow; the clean and tangy bouquet is driven by its citrus/stone fruit, with the oak well-integrated and balanced. The medium-bodied palate has obvious development potential, the oak needing time to settle down.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
90
James Halliday (2001 Vintage) says
Medium yellow-green; a complex bouquet with smoky barrel-ferment oak surrounding melon fruit; then a palate with good length and good acidity, with citrus/melon/stone fruit flavours to the fore, and oak less immediately obvious.
Australian Wine Companion 2003 2002
92

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