test Sandown Cabernet Sauvignon 2015 | Clarendon Hills

Sandown Cabernet Sauvignon 2015


  • Description

    Colour: Deep Crimson

    Nose: Softly perfumed florals- lavender and blue fruit base on top of mocha and cedar background. It exhibits a denser and meatier profile than Brookman Cabernet and is bathed in savoury and spice components that flicker around the majestic, yet refined structure.

    Palate: Seamlessly integrated extract provides a smoothly textured, classically structured expression that is fuller, rounder and more robust with varietal depth and primary nuance.

    Alcohol: 13.8%

  • Reviews (3)
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    1. cru

      Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2010 Sandown Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon shows off notes of fresh cassis, blackberries and thyme with nuances of cedar and pencil shavings plus a whiff of capsicum. Medium-bodied with a good amount of muscular, savory fruit it is supported by a firm backbone of chewy tannins, vibrant acid and is finishing long. Drink this one 2014 to 2022+.


      eRobertParker.com- Lisa Perrotti-Brown (February, 2013)

    2. cru

      Showing more red fruits than the other two cabernets, with a touch of violet and cigar box as well; the palate is lively and fresh and the acidity is a more prominent feature, providing a long, fragrant and even conclusion. Drink by 2035

      Date tasted: 18/1/2013


      James Halliday – Australian Wine Companion

    3. Alex Bratasiuk

      2018 Wine Advocate

      The full-bodied 2015 Sandown Cabernet Sauvignon is packed with blueberries and cassis flavors, which pick up delightful notes of baking spices on the lively, zesty finish. Full-bodied, rich and velvety, it should drink well sooner than the 2014 and last longer.

      95 Points

      Joe Czerwinski, Wine Advocate 2018

  • Winemakers Notes

    REGION: Clarendon, McLaren Vale: 10 kms N/E of McLaren Vale and 250 metres higher above sea level. We pick 2-3 weeks later than McLaren Vale and enjoy longer, milder, more consistent ripening conditions.

    CONDITIONS: Favourable 2009 winter rains were shadowed by bright sunny conditions in Spring. The healthy environment encouraged the vines to respond in retaliation to the prior vintages’ lowered crop levels. The vines shot fruit that looked healthy and was in abundance from day one. The consistent mild growing season saw fruit ripen earnestly. An unusual early veraison paved the way for continued steady development. Bunch thinning was was looking a certainty but the vines pulled the fruit in to line and all fruit was evenly ripened and looked outstanding.

    WINEMAKING: Low yielding, dry grown vines planted in 1945 are hand picked thereby culturing whole berry, wild yeast fermentation. This increases the retention of the grape’s varietal essence and minimises bitter tannin extract. All pressings are returned to the barrel and bottled onsite without fining or filtration.

    MATURATION: 18 months, 85% brand new, tight-grained French Oak. 20% 1-3 year old hierarchy. Barrels are finally hand selected by winemaking team.

    GRAPE VARIETY: 100% Cabernet Sauvignon
    CLOSURE: Cork
    BEST DRINKING: 20015-2040
    TECHNICAL: Alc/Vol: 13.8% TA: 5.7 g/Lt pH: 3.5
    PRODUCTION: 12,500 Bottles
    WINEMAKER: Roman Bratasiuk

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