A classic Australian blend. Beautiful ripe, sweet and juicy dark berry flavours with hints of Shiraz spiciness and Cabernet eucalyptus.
- WA - Other Western Australian
- Western Australia
"Deep crimson-purple; has an extra touch of class/style unexpected at this price point; red and black fruits, spice, black pepper and a hint of oak all coalesce on the palate. " Rating 90, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion 2011
"The fruit for this wine is largely sourced from the Swan Valley and has attractive bright aromatics with a hint of rose petal, and ripe, sweet intense mulberry and dark-plum flavours, which are rich and concentrated. There's an alluring juiciness and velvety texture." Sunday Times, (15/Aug/2010)
"When you start making large quantities of a wine, often the wine gets a sense of being manufactured. It can lose the clear, genuine quality that small-run wines are so good at. This wine is made in sizeable volume but it somehow manages to keep its fresh, genuine face intact. It tastes of mixed berries with a little mint and dried herbs, and perhaps a nip of vanilla. It’s medium-bodied and soft enough, and drinks very well. " 88 Points - Campbell Mattinson and Gary Walsh, Big Red Wine Book 2010/2011
"The Element series is largely sourced from the Swan Valley and this is an absolute ripper. The 2008 Sandalford Element Shiraz Cabernet has attractive bright aromatics with a hint of rose petal, ripe, sweet intense mulberry and dark plum flavours that are rich and concentrated. Theres an alluring juiciness, velvety texture and soft, ripe tannins to provide an approachable finish. Remember the Quaff mantra – cheap wine is only good value when the quality is there. This is excellent value for money and a Bloody Good red."Bloody Good - Peter Forrestal, www.quaff.com.au, (05/May/2010)
Winery Tasting Notes
Magnificent colour. Full satsuma plum and magenta.
Very much a Shiraz dominant wine with rich and ripe blackberry fruit with spicy undertones of anise and nutmeg.
2008 has been a cracker year for Shiraz in WA and this wine is no exception. Perfectly ripened flavours, smooth tannins and a gorgeous mouthfeel to boot. I regard this vintage of this wine as the best ever made.