2017 Sandpiper Shiraz
Deep purple red. Aromas of ripe plums, cherries and earth with subtle notes of vanilla and cloves. The aromas follow through onto the palate with a fruit focus, subtle oak notes and soft, rounded tannins. The wine walks the line between medium and full bodied with a plush mouthfeel.
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 ferment temperatures remain in the 22-25 degree Celsius 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 French oak for maturation for up to 12 months.
An above average wet spring and cooler than average summer temperatures led to a later start to picking than normal. This combined with a long and mild ripening period meant that our fruit developed to a beautiful level of maturity on the vine. This has led to outstanding flavours and perfumed, expressive wines. The colours are vibrant and tannins are silky with a fine savoury finish.
Gold at 2019 New World Wine Awards
Gold at 2019 China Wine & Spirits Competition
Gold at 2019 Korea Wine Challenge
Silver at 2018 International Wine & Spirit Competition
Bronze at 2019 Melbourne International Wine Challenge
Bronze at 2018 Hobart Wine Show
Bronze at 2018 Sydney Royal Wine Show
Bronze at 2018 Perth Royal Wine Show
Bronze at 2018 Korean Wine Show
94 Points - James Halliday's Wine Companion
If you think the flavours and texture of this wine more akin to the Eden Valley than the Barossa Valley, you're probably right - three of the four estate vineyards are in the Eden Valley, on in the Barossa Valley. The scented pepper, spice and black cherry of the wine provide a lightness of foot to the medium-bodied palate, balance following the same line. Value+
4 Stars – Winestate Magazine Greatest Shiraz
Attractive lifted perfumed fruit fragrances and rip rounded palate that has great flavour persistence, complexity and interest.
17/20 – Raymond Chan
Full, very dark, deep, black-hued purple-red colour, youthful in appearance. The nose is softly full with rich aromas of blackberries and black plums interwoven with a little minerally reduction, unfolding some spice, liquorice and pepper elements. Full-bodied, the palate is soft, open and accessible with sweet fruit flavours of dark raspberries and blackberries with notes of plums and a little liquorice and eucalypt. The reductive elements are integrated and the palate has a plush mouthfeel, with some underlying alcohol drive. The tannins are soft and rounded, and the acidity integrated, lending a smooth, easy mouthfeel. This is a soft, plush, open and sweet-fruited Shiraz with dark raspberry, plum and peppery flavours, a hint eucalypt with supple tannins and a little alcohol drive.
Best Value - Winestate Magazine 'Best Value Buys'
St Kitts, Milton Park, Kabininge