Sidewood Estate Shiraz
WHY WE LOVE IT
- The French oak barriques add ample but delicate tannins with a creamy palate delivering a generous and delightful length.
Varietal Composition: 100% Shiraz
Elaboration: Majority hand picked, partial Pellenc selective harvested. Wild yeast fermented. Partial whole-bunch, whole-berry, extended maceration. French oak 300L puncheons and 500L hogshead for 18 months. 25% new oak. Barrel selection prior to bottling at the estate.
Tasting Notes: Displaying aromas of plum, blackcurrant, dark chocolate and an elegant spiciness which lead to a palate with generous flavors of white pepper, leather and forest berries. Rich and silky tannins linger on the palate with seamless persistence.
2017 – 93 James Suckling
2018 – 92 Wine & Spirits “Best Buy”
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.