Sandalford Wines in Western Australia

 

As we have said time and time again, Las Vegas is a culinary and wine destination. We recently had the pleasure of meeting Grant Brinklow CEO of the award winning Sandalford Wines when he made a stop in
Las Vegas.
Sandalford was founded in 1840 and is one 
of Western Australia’s oldest privately owned
wineries. Sandalford offers award winning premium wines. Many of which are allocated.
Sandalford’s Chief Winemaker Paul Boulden began his career in the 1980’s in the the McLaren Vale region of South Australia as a cellar hand with Ingoldby Wines and Thomas Fern Hill Winery.
He graduated from the University of Adelaide in 1993 where he won the chemistry award while studying Oenology. In his third year of the undergraduate program he worked as Assistant Winemaker at Tarrawarra in the Yarra Valley of Victoria.
He spent his graduate year as vintage Winemaker at Stonier Wines in Victoria under the guidance of Tod Dexter. After completing the vintage of 1993 he accepted a position as winemaker for Chateau Monbazillac in the Bordeaux region in France. His work took Paul to the Penedes region of Catalunya each week to oversee production of both traditional and non-traditional Spanish wines.
From Europe Paul returned to South Australia as a winemaker with Yalumba Wines in the Barossa region of South Australia. In 1997 he made the move to Western Australia to a well-known boutique winery, Killerby, located in the Geographe region of the state. Within a year he also undertook the role of General Manager as well as winemaker.
After four years at Killerby he started with the 2001 vintage at Sandalford Wines as Chief Winemaker. At Sandalford he has won consecutively the state’s, “Most Successful Exhibitor” at the annual Western Australian Sheraton Wine Awards. Paul also has multiple trophy and Gold medal wine successes at all of the Australian Capital City wine shows, in addition to numerous outstanding wine reviews by the national wine press. His focus has been on developing the premium Sandalford wines from the company’s 33-yr. old dry grown Margaret River vineyard, one of the largest and oldest vineyards in this famed wine region. Aside from this he sees the development of the Element range of wines as critical to the ongoing fine reputation of Western Australian wines.

One of the Sandalford wines that really stood out for us was the Sandalford Premium Reserve Sauvignon Blanc Semillon Margaret River Western Australia 2007. With
summer upon us we can not think of a better wine than this 90% Sauvignon Blanc and 10% Semillon. It has a typical Sauvignon Blanc profile but the Semillon adds wonderful citrus notes that are refreshing on a warm summer day. It also scored a Gold Medal at the Australian National Wine show in 2007.

All of these wines really stood out and many are allocated. We here in the Northern Hemisplere are truely lucky to have these premium limited prodcution wines for us to enjoy.