Sandalford `Estate Reserve` Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 (6 x 750mL),

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Overview

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.

Region:
WA - Margaret River
State:
Western Australia
Country:
Australia

Expert Reviews

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

Colour

Dark cherry with a magenta hue.

Aroma

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.

Palate

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.

Cellaring Potential

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.

Vintage Condition

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.

Vintage
2008
Region
WA - Margaret River
Grape Style
Cabernet Sauvignon
Closure Type
Screwcap closure
Alcohol
14.4%

Winery Profile

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Red 5 Star Winery James Halliday, Austarlian Wine Companion 2011 Edition 

"RED 5 STAR WINERY – Sandalford is an outstanding winery regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity.”

Australia’s most pre-eminent wine critic, James Halliday, awards Sandalford Wines the very coveted RED 5 star rating in the Australian Wine Companion 2011 Edition.

Sandalford Wines was established in 1840 and is today privately owned by the Prendiville family.

In the early 1970’s Sandalford was one of the pioneers in establishing vineyards in the Margaret River planting 96 hectares in the sub region of Wilyabrup. It is this old, dry grown vineyard that is the source of the Prendiville Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon and the Estate Reserve range of wines. These wines under the winemaking expertise of Paul Boulden are superb examples of Margaret River at its best, winning praise from notable wine writers and a series of trophies and gold medals at both national and international wine shows.

A new addition to the Sandalford portfolio is the Margaret River Range of wines positioned at the “midprice point” of today’s premium market. It is the fastest growing segment of the wine market and with Sandalford’s world class resources in Margaret River, this range has been developed to tap into this consumer trend. The wines are sourced from a combination of the Sandalford Estate and other premium vineyards in the Margaret River with wine styles reflecting current consumer tastes for vibrant, up front varietal flavours.

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