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Sandalford Element Classic White

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Shining like a beacon, the white blends of WA herald a distinctive charm and none more so than this blend from Sandalford. It’s a combination of Semillon, Sauvignon Blanc, Verdelho and Chardonnay, so just about anything aromatic you can think of really. It’s lifted with honeydew melon and citrus and then reveals a tropical fruit palate that’s balanced and harmonious with a soft finish. Drink chilled with a heap of seafood.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Pale lemon with a lime tint.

Nose: Not surprisingly given the Chardonnay content there is a real peachy fruit lift to this wine. The Granny Smith apple notes from the Chenin certainly add another dimension.

Palate: Crisp, dry white wine with clean fruit, balanced acidity and a soft finish. Perfect summer drinking. Serve well chilled and drink whilst young and alive.

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Sandalford Element Classic White

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WINESTATE (2010 Vintage) says
Crisp, lively quaffer with fresh, lifted, grassy/gooseberry aromas and flavours. "Great in bucket-loads this summer," said one judge.
Winestate magazine
James Halliday (2009 Vintage) says
A zesty, clean and fresh mix of citrussy/grassy/ © herbal aromas and flavours provides an all-purpose, drink-now style.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
89
WINESTATE (2008 Vintage) says
Pleasant, complex grassy/green bean aromas with a crisp, elegant and flavoursome palate that has very stylish varietal definition.
Winestate 20082009
Peter Forrestal (2007 Vintage) says
This blend continues the outstanding quality reached by Sandalford and winemaker, Paul Boulden, with this wine from the previous vintage. And so it should, as 2007 was a fantastic year in Western Australia. It's again a blend of chenin blanc, verdelho, semillon and some bin ends that works extraordinarily well: delightfully aromatic with fresh garden herb flavours, mid-palate juiciness, and some sweet pea florals lingering on the finish.
Quaff 2008 2007
WINESTATE (2007 Vintage) says
Aromatic rockmelon and pink lady apple nose, echoed on the fresh, tight palate with its crisp citrus finish.
Winestate 20082009
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Lively and fresh fruit salad flavours with touches of tropical fruit ranging through to more herbal notes; good acidity and length. Chenin Blanc/Verdelho.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
89
Peter Forrestal (2006 Vintage) says
This is a blend of chenin blanc, verdelho and semillon, most of which was sourced from the Swan Valley- an area which is particularly suited to aromatic varieties such as chenin and verdelho. What made this exceptional was the coolest vintage ever in the Swan. Certainly Perth had its coldest December and the summer has been the coolest in 50 years. This meant that the ripening period was longer and slower than usual and so the wines have an unusually cool edge with taut, crisp acidity and a full flavour ripeness. It's another triumph for Paul Boulden and the team at Sandalford, a spectacularly good white blend -perhaps the best I've seen in this category in the seven years that I've been tasting for Quaff. It is vibrant, bright and pristine, has intense grassy flavours and fresh, zingy acidity that lingers.
Quaff 2007 2006
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2007 2006
86
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
86
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (2004 Vintage) says
Amazingly, this blend of verdelho, chenin blanc and semillon contains no sauvignon blanc at all - surprising because the wine is absolutely brimming with passionfruity, tropical, zesty fruit flavours you'd expect more from savvy. It's delicious though, whatever's in it (or not in it, as the case may be).
Quaff 2005 2004
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
82
Ray Jordan (2003 Vintage) says
Opens with a really pungent aroma of tropical fruits with a dominant passion fruit and guava like character. The palate is lively and zingy with a fresh racy acid and plenty of crisp dry fruit. Yummy quaffing
Ray Jordan's 2004 WA Wine Guide 2004
84

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