Sandalford Margaret River rosé 2015 ($20)

The 2015 vintage in Margaret River started with an unusually warm winter and plenty of rainfall, followed by mild and windy conditions in November, resulting in a prolonged flowering period. This changed in the second half of December to ideal ripening weather, dry and sunny without any extreme heat events and stayed consistent through to the end of February. The whites all harvested during this period are of exceptional quality, showing intense varietal characters.

March saw the start of cooler and wetter conditions, which slowed the ripening of our red varieties. This extended ripening period definitely tested our patience, but has resulted in red wines with greater flavour complexity and velvety soft tannins.

WINEMAKERS COMMENTS

This wine was made as a Rose from the very first day in the vineyard. The grapes were picked mid-March and after crushing, they were held in the press for 6 hours of skin contact. Once the desired colour and flavour was attained, the juice was drained from the press and cold-settled in tank. Fermentation progressed at cool temperatures ensuring fruit characters were fully preserved. The ferment was tasted daily and once the desired sugar level was reached, the fermentation was stopped followed by immediate stabilisation, clarification and bottling. Pristine fruit in a bottle is more than apt to this style.

TASTING NOTES
COLOUR

Pink. I could use Fuschia or Crimson, but to me it’s just bright and bold PINK

NOSE

Again this wine is all strawberries and cream, with definite hints of summer pudding showing through.

PALATE

Unmistakable notes of berries, strawberries and raspberries, with a hint of spice. This wine is off dry and balanced with natural acidity producing a refreshing and flavoursome finish. All in all a wine we believe is a benchmark Australian style. Definitely a wine to serve chilled, add in an ice block or two if needed, and drink whilst fresh and vibrant. But most importantly, enjoy!

AWARDS

“SANDALFORD WINES: RED 5 STAR WINERY 2016, 2015, 2014, 2013, 2012, and 2011”

“Sandalford is one of Australia’s oldest and privately owned wineries. In 1970 it moved beyond its original Swan Valley base, purchasing a substantial property in Margaret River that is now the main source of its premium grapes. Wines are released under the Element, Winemakers, Margaret River and Estate Reserve ranges, with Prendiville Reserve at the top. Exports to all major markets”

Australia’s leading wine critic, James Halliday, awards Sandalford Wines the very coveted and extremely prestigious RED 5 star rating in the Australian Wine Companion 2016 Edition, page 577, released 29th July 2015.

ACCOLADES

“★★★★ (4/5 stars) Dolly pink wine with lovely estery cherry-like fruit fragrances and well-balanced fruit sweet flavours on the palate. A crowd pleaser!!.”

Winestate Magazine, September October 2015 Issue, page 135
“Best Value Buy” Winestate Magazine, September October 2015 Issue, page 142

“Sandalford Wines have been adorning our tables since the 1840’s, and the combination of experience and innovation places today’s winery high on our list of reliable, premier local wines. During the last decade, both the whites and the reds have continued to improve several notches. We put this down to concerted energy going into the winery’s cooler climate Margaret River operations, where fruit quality is second to none on a global scale. Sandalford is able to draw on a range of grape varieties from the Swan Valley and Margaret River. But it’s the wines from down on the cape (Margaret River) that keep pulling in the accolades and the awards.”
www.TheStarfish.com.au All the Best from Perth’s West, Peter Rigby.

“Sandalford Wines is a true institution in Western Australia. Established in Perth’s Swan Valley in 1840, there is a rich history to this pioneering company which was one of the first to recognise the potential in Margaret River, establishing a vineyard there in 1970.”

Mining Chronicle, Karl Franzen, June 2011, Page 35

“Sandalford has well and truly leapt into the big league of premium producers in WA, having now completely transformed itself to a Margaret River wine operation. The Estate Reserve and Margaret River Range are entirely from Margaret River. ”

Ray Jordan’s 2011 WA Wine Guide, published October 2010, page 151

“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 released 28th July 2010.

“Producer of the Year, and Winemaker of the Year: Sandalford Wines”

Leading West Australian Wine Critic Ray Jordan, at the launch of Ray Jordan’s 2010 WA Wine Guide, 30 November 2009.


Technical Data

  • Brand name : Sandalford Margaret River rosé 2015,

  • Liquor style : rose,

  • Country : Australia,

  • Region : Margaret River wineries,

  • State : Western Australia,

Buy it Now

Ray Jordan

Wine Guide 2016

Gorgeous, just gorgeous. Scented bouquet of cherry and raspberry with a red currant influence. The palate is light bodied with a hint of sweet fruit but balanced by a crisp finishing acidity. Lovely fresh and floral characters with a delicious palate. CELLAR 2 years

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