Sidewood Estate Pinot Noir
WHY WE LOVE IT
- Sustainable, cool climate, and estate bottled.
- A blend of our clonal varieties, MV6, Oberlin, Abel and 777.
Varietal Composition: 100% Pinot Noir
Elaboration: Each clone is vinified separately. Bunches were chilled for 24-48 hours, approximately 25-35% whole bunched, similar percentage of whole berries, the balance destemmed and pressed off. All wild-yeast ferment. French oak puncheons and hogsheads, approximately 15% new oak for 10 months maturation prior to barrel selection blending and estate bottling.
Tasting Notes: Displaying complex aromas of strawberries and cream with hints of forest floor. The palate is seamless and elegant. Red fruits with enticing gamey characters swirl within layers of mushroom and notes of fresh herbs. The French oak adds ample but delicate tannins delivering a generous delightful length.
2017 – 90 James Suckling | 90 Wine Spectator
2018 – 92 James Suckling
It all started with the 120-hectare Mappinga estate, near Oakbank, with its premium Sauvignon and Chardonnay vines, but Sidewood Estate now also runs vineyards at Nairne, Echunga and Verdun. Each site offers unique characteristics in its grapes. Mappinga is the coolest and Nairne the warmest, while Echunga is a specialist Shiraz site.
Sidewood Estate also owns its own winery and bottling facilities at Nairne, which means the experienced team at Sidewood has complete control over the making of its wines from the cultivating of vines in the vineyard to final bottling at the winery. This ability to reflect on, refine and tend to both vines and wines from grape to glass results in Sidewood Estate producing some of the highest quality wines in the world.
Sidewood’s hard-working viticultural team led by Vitiworks directors, Mark Vella and Peter McIntyre, use best-practice viticulture, ensuring the sustainability and health of the vines throughout the season. They have been a vital part of the Sidewood team since 2008. Mark and Peter have a combined experience of 35 years in the wine industry with more than 25 years in the Adelaide Hills region. Alongside their qualified viticulturists, dedicated machine operators and experienced labor crews, Vitiworks ensure the highest level of management within the Sidewood vineyards.
Sidewood Estate is the largest fully Entwine Accredited sustainable winery in the Adelaide Hills.This accreditation is through the Australian Wine Research Institute and Freshcare, and reflects Sidewood’s dedication and commitment to sustainable practices across the entire vineyard portfolio.