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Sandalford Element Merlot

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

What are the essential elements for a good wine? Value, drinkability and satisfaction? You’ll get all that and more with the elements range from Sandalford. This generous and seductive Merlot shows the classic plum aromas of the variety and offers total easy drinking. Smooth, satisfying and soft this is a really great bistro style wine that would pair with a wide range of dishes.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Cherry red.

Nose: Classic plum and dusty notes to the fore, with red currants and spice notes supporting.

Palate: Medium bodied easy-drinking style that is all about the fruit. Lots of upfront plums and red berries, with silky tannins producing a great line through the mouth. Minimal oak is all about supporting the fruit. Drink now or within 5 years.

Alcohol: 14.5%

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Sandalford Element Merlot

Expert Reviews

WINESTATE (2008 Vintage) says
Very plumy style with nice tannin integration and ripe, chocolaty, oak characters. Simple but balanced.
Winestate May/Jun
Peter Forrestal (2007 Vintage) says
Here's a pleasant surprise from Sandalford's entry-level range. Mind you, 2007 was a much better year in the West than it was in most other places. This is deep, dense and richly concentrated with ripe plummy flavours, smooth texture and admirable balance.
Quaff 2009 2008
James Halliday (2006 Vintage) says
Quite attractive small berry fruit flavours, with touches of olive and herb on a more savoury finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
87
Peter Forrestal (2006 Vintage) says
A pleasant, easy drinking style that is smooth and has ripe sweet redcurrant flavours.
Quaff 2008 2007
WINESTATE (2006 Vintage) says
A soft and very drinkable wine with simple, scented plum fruit - very pretty. Has structure, texture and balance.
Winestate 20082009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Completes a range of Element wines which all over-deliver; clearly articulated varietal character in a light- to medium-bodied palate; long, savoury finish.
Australian Wine Companion 2008 2007
89
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
86
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Attractive, fresh red fruits; neatly balanced; best of the Element range.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
87
Max Allen & Peter Forrestal (2003 Vintage) says
As we'd expect to see in a merlot from this reliable Western Australia producer, this wine has a lot of the herbal, spicy, violet-perfumed characters we often find in cooler-climate examples, leading on to quite a savoury, elegant palate.
Quaff 2005 2004
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Light to medium red-purple; the moderately intense bouquet has bright, fragrant berry, leaf and mint aromas; the fresh, light to medium-bodied palate has red fruit flavours which ate distinctly varietal; neatly priced.
Australian Wine Companion 2004 2003
85

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