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2016 Sandalford Margaret River Chardonnay

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Take the Margaret River region, a great vintage & premium Chardonnay and you’ve got three very good reasons to jump on this wine. A classic nose of stone fruit 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

Vintage: 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 was of exceptional quality, showing intense varietal characters.

Winemaker's comments: This Chardonnay fruit was machine picked in the middle of the night, when at it’s coldest. The fruit was immediately processed and using the free run juice only, underwent a long, slow ferment in stainless steel tanks with specially selected yeast strains. This wine underwent no malolactic fermentation. Minimal lees contact before being blended, filtered and bottled.

Tasting notes:
Colour: Pale lemon.
Nose: A blend of stone fruits and citrus – there’s peaches, nectarines with lemon and grapefruit.
Palate: With no oak influence, this wine is all about the fruit. The stone fruits and citrus from the nose are all on the palate, joined with a marzipan and cashew nut character. The wine is textural and layered, with an underlying creaminess all balanced with a beautiful line from the crisp acidity. Serve lightly chilled and enjoy.

Alc/vol: 11.5%

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2016 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Slightly reduced characters still linger; melon, stone fruit and cashew with well-integrated oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
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
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
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

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