Sandalford

Paul Boulden

Sandalford's rich history dates back to 1840, but their winery is now almost as famous for its modern musical tastes as it is for its ever-pleasurable wines. Given their proximity to Perth - at around 15 minutes' drive it's the closest winery to the city - it's not surprising the winery is such a huge hit with tourists, so much so that they now boast a restaurant and showroom, and concerts that attract huge names in rock and pop music.

The winery is based in Swan Valley along with most of the vineyards, where the emphasis is very much on contemporary winemaking. The company also owns one of the largest and oldest vineyards in Margaret River, and this is the source of the grapes that make the wines listed by The Society. They purchased this vineyard in 1970 after an industry expert assessed the region and likened the terroir and general conditions to those of Bordeaux.

The Estate Cabernet Sauvignon grapes are almost entirely from the prestigious Wilyabrup sub-region, which is one of Margaret River's most famed areas. The winemaker is Paul Boulden, who joined the team back in 2001.

Paul is a master at blending cabernet sauvignon with merlot to produce elegant, rich wines that fit the Sandalford philosophy of creating excellent wines to enjoy socially - a philosophy which perhaps explains why they are so eager to welcome the thousands of tourists that visit the winery each year.

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