A powerful yet elegant wine with violet tones and silky textural elements. Magnificent full-bodied wine with silky tannins and bags of dark briary fruit flavours and toasty oak elements woven through the mix. Long, persistent finish whereupon the oak influence is most noticeable but the quality is outstanding.
- WA - Margaret River
- Western Australia
Good colour; a classic cabernet in every sense of the term, all about texture, structure and length, rather than opulence, weight and extract/oak; the flavours are at the optimum point of ripeness, the tannins likewise.Rating 96 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion Edition 2011
This is a wine of density and structure – Walsh described it as having ‘a lot packed into its suitcase’ – and is bound to age for a good many years. It tastes of cedary oak, mint, aniseed, and rich, blackcurrant-like fruit flavour. It’s distinctly earthy and savoury too. It has quite obvious acidity (at this stage) and a firm wallop of tannin, but in time this will serve the fruit flavours very well. Pretty impressive. Will be a fine wine to drink. Rating 94 - Campbell Mattinson and Gary Walsh, Big Red Wine Book 2010/2011
The o8 Prendiville Reserve of Sandalford is the better wine, but at $90 looks expensive compared to this, which has some Bordeaux-like savoury, bramble characters. A classic cabernet, all about texture, structure and length, rather than opulence; the flavours are at the optimum point of ripeness. Rating 96 - James Halliday, Weekend Australian (13/NOV/2010)
Big, full and long. Placid fruit. Clean and well made – good winemaking. Soft, generous and appealing. Textured. Fresh and modern winemaking techniques over long, no, enormous, length of lingering fruit flavours and fine tannins.Rating 18.3 - John Jens, Western Suburbs Weekly (24/MAY/2011)
If youre looking for an impressive red to have with a great piece of meat, then go no further than this beauty from Sandalford. If you love a well-rounded wine that delivers, but doesnt overpower with peppers youll love the show reserve drop. The wine is textured with silky tannins and filled with luscious fruit characters and vanilla oak nuances.Rating 90 - Peter Chapman, Fraser Coast Chronicle (14/DEC/2010)
Winery Tasting Notes
Dark cherry with a magenta hue.
Classic Margaret River nose with savoury notes of bay leaf, rosemary and sage. Underneath the primary fruit of violets and blackcurrant can be sensed with seamless cedar-like vanillin oak nuances poking through.
Magnificent full-bodied wine with silky tannins and bags of dark briary fruit flavours and toasty oak elements woven through the mix. Long, persistent finish whereupon the oak influence is most noticeable but the quality is outstanding.
Upon release this is still a young wine by any measure and will continue to blossom and open-up in the next decade or so.
The fruit for this wine came exclusively from our 37 old, dry-grown Margaret River Estate vineyard. After crushing and de-stemming the fruit underwent fermentation in small 10 tonne static fermenters. The traditional method of pumping over was employed during fermentation to optimise colour, flavour and tannin extraction. Post-ferment the wine was left on skins for two weeks prior to pressing. The pressings were mixed back with the free-run wine and then inoculated for MLF with selected bacteria. After the completion of MLF the wine was racked and transferred to both new and one year old French oak. At the end of barrel maturation the various wine components were blended, fined and given minimal filtration prior to bottling.