Sandalford is designed to be fully fruit driven, completely Margaret River, refreshingly unoaked, classic and dry. The winemaking story goes back, way back to the 1840s as the second land title in all of Western Australia. In 1972 Sandalford broke out of their Swan Valley environs and established an estate vineyard along Margaret River, today it is one of the oldest and most salubrious. The exclusively free run juices of Semillon and Sauvignon Blanc are treated to a cool ferment on low solids, achieving an articulate expression of the enduring Classic Dry White.
The Sandalford team train their vines to yield Semillon and Sauvignon that's perfectly ripened and disease free, achieving marvelous sugar/ acid profiles. Viticulture is state of the art and only the vagaries of the growing season are left to chance, the quality of fruit from each vintage is second to none. Canopy management is either vertical shoot positioned or modified ballerina. Harvested throughout the cool of night and early morning, fruit is immediately processed, inoculated with choice strains of yeast and treated to a long, slow vinification. Ferments are stopped at the desired level of sweetness prior to the base wines being assembled, unwooded and unoaked, stabilised, filtered and bottled.
Pale lime in colour. Lovely, elegant, perfumed bouquet of fresh cape gooseberry and manage tout. A light bodied wine which is just so easy to drink. A real minerality to the palate, flavours seen on the nose translate beautifully to the palate. Acidity is perfectly judged, the wine finishes with a zesty crispness and harmonious balance.