Having almost seen it all in the wine world over his 22 years in the industry, sommelier-cum-winemaker Raj Parr has placed his focus on the winemaking side of the equation for the last decade. In 2010, partnering with renowned winemaker Sashi Moorman, he created Sandhi. Their aim was to create wines that truly speak of the places from which they come, with organic practices in the vineyards and as little intervention through the winemaking process as possible. 2014 marked an expansion of the pair’s holdings when they took on the long-standing Evening Land vineyard in Oregon and became the first sole stewards of the vineyard. They additionally work together with Domaine de la Cote, which is purely focused upon Pinot Noir.
The style of American Chardonnay wines they aim to produce runs counter to many commonly held notions around rich, oaky and alcoholic examples. A philosophy of restrained alcohol with less winemaking artefact is central to their range of examples.
The uniting factor across all expressions from Raj and Sashi is a focus upon making wines of finesse, minerality, acidity, structure and balance. The wines represent a balance of both estate-owned fruit and grapes from some of the regions most iconic vineyards. Each is made in relatively small quantities, with a very limited selection of wines available here.