2008 Sandpiper Shiraz


Deep red colour. The wine is deep and rich smelling with dark fruits, plums and spice with some good oak. There is very rich fruit on the palate with plums, blackberry and sweet spice from the oak. The palate is vibrant and young with a flavoursome viscous mouthfeel which will develop complexity with time. There are some slightly chewy tannins which will soften with time and there is great length of fruit flavour.

Vinification Notes

The grapes are crushed and de-stemmed into fermenters. Yeast is added immediately once in fermenter and the ferments are pumped over twice daily to maximise colour, tannin and flavour extraction. Cooling is used to ensure ferments remain in the 22-25 degrees Celcius range which will allow the fruit to display maximum fruit expression.
Pressing then occurs approximately seven days after crushing and the wine is then put into predominantly American oak to mature.


12 months in American oak.

Vintage Notes

2008 was a very warm year with harvest being completed in a very short period. The resultant wines from the vintage reflect the growing conditions with loads of upfront fruit and rich mouthfeel, meaning wines from this vintage will have a great deal of aging potential as well.


March 2008

Trophy - Best Australian Red of Show at 2010 Korean Wine Challenge

Gold at 2009 Mundus Vini (Germany)

Gold at 2009 National Wine Show

Silver at 2010 London International Wine Challenge

Silver at 2009 Great Australian Shiraz Challenge

Silver at 2009 NZ Liquor Land Top 100

Silver at 2009 Perth Wine Show

Silver at 2009 Royal Adelaide Wine Show

Silver at 2009 Royal Hobart Wine Show

Bronze at 2010 Royal Qld Wine Show

Winestate Annual 2010 Edition

4.5*’Best of New Releases’

Winestate Annual 2010 Edition

4*’Best of Style’ Lifted, aromatic nose, and loads of bright red and purple fruit flavours standing out on a silky smooth palate that has excellent fleshiness’

Ralph Kyte-Powell, Melbourne Age, 1 Dec 2009

4*Rating; ‘2008 Sandpiper Shiraz is more powerful than usual, but the familiar recipe remains great value. It’s densely coloured, with a very full nose of berry jam, plum, chocolate and charry oak. While high in alcohol, it’s not really fumey or hot. The full bodied, meaty palate is succulent and complete, with ripe tannins swallowed up by lingering, ripe, middle-palate fruit’

Robert Parkers Wine Advocate, Issue 186, December 2009

89 Points

James Halliday, www.winecompanion.com.au, November 2009

93 Points; Dense purple-crimson sets the scene for a densely packed bouquet and medium- to full-bodied palate. Strong plum and blackberry fruit flavours drive the wine, which avoids dead fruit characters and carries its alcohol very well. Screwcap.

Winestate Sept/Oct 2009

Top 40 Best Buy under $20

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