Sandalford’s icon wine with hallmark Cabernet characters of blackcurrant, cedary and wet forest floor notes.
- WA - Margaret River
- Western Australia
"Not to play favourites, but if I had to choose two Australian regions to fulfil my drinking needs, it would have to be Margaret River and the Hunter Valley... with a twitchy look backward towards the Great Southern. I believe it says on the bottle that the Prendiville comes from the top ten barrels of the vintage. Regional perfume of aromatic dried herbs and bay leaf, some cocoa oak and a mix of black and blue fruits, but specifically ripe mulberries. It’s medium to full in weight with a slick of ripe, powder fine tannin and fresh acidity along with soaring length. It’s ripe but clear fruited, with no muddy raisin flavour to spoil the enjoyment of its supple tannic impact. Stately, statuesque Cabernet – I should probably rate it 96 points."
Rating 96 - Gary Walsh, www.winefront.com.mau (22/AUG/2011)
"Brilliantly clear colour; highly fragrant cassis/blackcurrant aromas, then a finely structured, fruit-pure package, the contribution of oak and tannins only making their presence felt on the back-palate and finish. A masterly exercise of restraint."
Rating 96 - James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (AUG/2011)
"Has a distinct cool, minty aroma which seems to be coming from the regional fruit source and the aromatic cedary oak. The palate is a tightly wound coil spring, with firm, angular tannins and silky fine oak working a treat to support this impressive fruit. Very stylish wine of great class that is best in the cellar for a few years. "
Raitng 94 - Ray Jordan, West Australian (AUG/2011)
Winery Tasting Notes
Dark cherry with an unmistakable magenta hue.
In what is atypical for Margaret River this wine has almost a floral nose reminiscent of perfumed violets. The hallmark Cabernet character of blackcurrant is certainly present as is the cedary and wet forest floor notes derived from both fruit and French oak.
In days of yore this would have been classified as a fine Claret, such is the elegance and style of this wine. The flavours are of cassis with some rosemary and bay herb characteristics. The oak is beautifully integrated lending cigar box, camphor and chocolate nuances whilst the mouthfeel is one of balance. The finish is soft and long with velvet-like tannins filling in a sense what is a medium bodied wine.
Whilst a remarkable wine now, the Prendiville is certainly a wine which will benefit from careful cellar maturation for 15 years or more. A harmless deposit may form in the bottle during this time and decanting is recommended prior to serving.
Medals & Trophies
Gold Medal - 2010 Margaret River Wine Show
Silver Medal - 2010 New Zealand Top 100
Gold Medal - Dan Murphy’s National Wine Show of Australia