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Sandalford Margaret River Shiraz

Cracka Rating

Cracka Review

This wine from Sandalford very capably illustrates just how good the fruit quality was during vintage. It’s bold and assertive with black fruits, spice and a little floral accent all of which are mirrored on the palate. Texture plays a key role and the structure is seamless. It’s fruit forward yet complex with a core of spice driving through the persistent finish. A lovely style of Shiraz to pair with a roast or a plate of mature cheeses.

Winemaker's Notes

Appearance: Classic dark cherry red.

Nose: Intense nose full of cherries and blackberries with notes of chocolate and spice.

Palate: A definite ‘sweet-fruit’ wine, with an abundance of dark berry fruits to the fore, supported by notes of chocolate and spice. Seamless integration of the French oak adds hints of vanilla to the primary fruit characters. Velvety tannins lead to a gentle, lingering finish. Medium term cellaring will only add to the complexity.

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Sandalford Margaret River Shiraz

Expert Reviews

Ray Jordan (2010 Vintage) says
First sniff and you know you're on to something here. It's a serious and impressive shiraz showing why this region is gaining so much momentum - finally - for this variety. Savoury dark fruit with a liberal splash of French oak. A sprinkle of spice adds to the enticing perfume. excellent stuff. Sensational value.
The West Australian Wine Guide
Ray Jordan (2009 Vintage) says
Loaded with savoury spicy fruit which attacks from the first sniff. It is very intense and this carries through into the deep and punchy palate that is both focussed and long. Deliciously flavoursome in the mouth with fully ripe tannins and well weight oak in support.
Ray Jordan's 2011 WA Wine Guide 2011
James Halliday (2008 Vintage) says
Crimson-purple; sourced from the oldest (1970), dry-grown Margaret River shiraz; reflects the benefits of finishing the primary fermentation in new French oak (100%), with consequent integration of the oak and the tannin texture of the wine; the palate is long and fine, with all the spicy black fruits necessary for a long life. Outstanding wine; 300 dozen made.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Tyson Stelzer (2008 Vintage) says
Another dream vintage in Margaret River has lifted its profile on the Shiraz front. This bargain offering presents a black pepper and savoury spice accents amid a palate of berry/plum fruit and finely textured tannins.
Campbell Mattinson & Gary Walsh (2008 Vintage) says
The 2008 won a gong for Best Dry Table Wine, 2008 Vintage, at the highly regarded National Wine Show last year. We might not quite agree with the assessment, but it's worth keeping in mind. Very ripe. Warm with alcohol too. Clearly the key here is 'bang for your buck', which this wine offers in spades. Flavours of plums, apricot kernels, raspberry jam, mint, spice and plenty of charry, toasty oak. You have to enjoy oak, but it's a successful combination here. It's medium- to full-bodied with particularly attractive fine-grained powdery tannins and good shape through the mouth. Lots of sweetness and oomph.
The Big Red Wine Book 2010/11 2010
James Halliday (2007 Vintage) says
Good depth of colour; a very complex wine that finished its primary fermentation in a mix of French and American oak of various ages; an array of warm spices, cedar and vanilla all add interest to a medium-bodied wine with good balance.
Australian Wine Companion 2011 2010
Rob Geddes MW (2005 Vintage) says
Impressive smoked meats and raspberry aromas lead to very silky tannins and a big spicy mouthful with massive black pepper and deep-set grape tannins with a finish that lasts minutes.
Australian Wine Vintages 2010 2009
James Halliday (2005 Vintage) says
Very good colour and clarity; distinct chocolate and mocha notes ex oak; good mouthfeel
Australian Wine Companion 2010 2009
James Halliday (2004 Vintage) says
A fresh and vibrant wine, with an array of red and black fruits; barrel ferment adds to spicy flavours and the harmony of the oak.
Australian Wine Companion 2009 2008
Jeremy Oliver (2004 Vintage) says
Smooth and stylish, this rather polished shiraz has a slightly jammy expression of cherries, plums, blackberries and raspberries, with undertones of licorice, game meats and a faint tomato-like regional influence. Its juicy palate is supported by fresh vanilla oak and firmish but pliant tannin, finishing with lingering notes of black pepper and menthol.
Australian Wine Annual 2008 2007
James Halliday (2003 Vintage) says
Abundant blackberry/black cherry/chocolate and spice mix; medium-bodied; good tannin structure and controlled American oak. No reduction.
Australian Wine Companion 2006 2005
James Halliday (2002 Vintage) says
Ripe, full, deep and powerful blackberry fruit supported by fine but persistent tannins; equal parts Frankland and Margaret River.
Australian Wine Companion 2005 2004
Ray Jordan (2002 Vintage) says
The fruit is sourced from the old vines at Margaret River and from Frankland. IT pulls together nicely with the firm ripeness of Margaret River creating the foundation and the fleshy supple Frankland the finish and faade. It's a lovely wine with impeccable balance and superb depth of fruit. A silky seamless wine
Ray Jordan's 2004 WA Wine Guide 2004
James Halliday (1995 Vintage) says
Medium to full red-purple; the bouquet is solid and rich, with dark berry and mint fruit aromas. The palate is equivalently rich, with abundant sweet juicy fruit in a blackberry/mulberry/plum spectrum; the oak handling is subtle throughout.
Australian Wine Companion 1999 1998

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