Sandalford wine range pays homage to Swan Valley history

Sandalford chief executive Grant Brinklow with senior winemaker Hope Metcalf and the newly launched 1840 red wine range. Picture: David Baylis.
Sandalford chief executive Grant Brinklow with senior winemaker Hope Metcalf and the newly launched 1840 red wine range. Picture: David Baylis.

SANDALFORD winery will pay homage to its history and the Swan Valley with the launch of a new wine range.

The 1840 range, which has been named after the year Sandalford’s founder John Septimus Roe established the winery, will showcase some of the Sandalford’s and the Swan Valley’s oldest vines.

Sandalford chief executive Grant Brinklow said the range of wines were a look back at the history of the Swan Valley and looking to the future.

He said the Swan Valley had a bright future and this range of unique Swan Valley wine was just the start.

“We are paying homage to this occasion and at the same time looking to the future of the Swan Valley in this new range of wines,” he said.

“To reflect such a unique history, the 1840 label design was inspired by the original sketch map of the Swan River settlement made by Roe in 1829.”

Sandalford senior winemaker Hope Metcalf said the single fruit source for the new range of vines was the Caversham vineyard.

“The 1840 range was created to showcase some of the magnificent old vines we have still in production here at Caversham,” she said.

“We know the shiraz and cabernet sauvignon were both put into the ground in the mid to late 1960s, making them over 50 years old.”

Ms Metcalf said the range had produced a limited amount of individual bottles, with each bottled numbered.

“The initial release of this wine from the 2016 vintage was made in small batches, resulting in a very limited amount of individually numbered bottles produced,” she said.

The wine will cost $33 a bottle and will only be available at Sandalford.

The cabernet merlot and shiraz from the 1840 range will be launched on September 1.