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5-Red Stars for Sidewood Estate


Sidewood Estate is elated to have received official notification that their five-black star rating in the just released James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2018 will be lifted to 5-Red Stars. Considered the wine bible for Australian wine, this is the first time that Sidewood has received the 5-Red Stars Accolade, a rating reserved for oustanding winery’s regularly producing wines of exemplary quality and typicity. Will have at least two wines rated at 95 points or above, and had a five-star rating for the previous two years. This makes Sidewood in the top 8.3% of Australian wineries in the Wine Companion database.

Please see the top reviews featured below:

96 POINTS – 2015 Sidewood Estate Pinot Noir

The spicy bouquet shows unmistakable, complex, whole-bunch aromas, the palate with a finally pitched savoury edge.

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95 POINTS – 2015 Sidewood Estate 777 Pinot Noir

Estate-grown utilising one of the newer clones from Burgundy. Light, clear colour; the highly fragrant red cherry/wild strawberry bouquet shape the elegant palate. Gold medal, Adelaide Hills Wine Show.

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95 POINTS – 2016 Sidewood Estate Sauvignon Blanc

Free-run juice chilled, wild yeast, cool fermented in tank and kept on lees for 4 months to successfully build mid-palate texture without compromising drive and length. The only gold in the Sauvignon Blanc class at the National Wine Show.

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Notably, the 2016 vintage of Sidewood Sauvignon Blanc also picked up gold at the KPMG Sydney Royal Show, adding to the varietals long list of awards and accolades.

96 POINTS – 2015 Sidewood Estate Shiraz

Has a highly fragrant bouquet, verging on outright perfume; spicy notes are part climate, part whole bunch derived, and the multi-clone backdrop provides a beautifully poised palate. Very good value.

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96 POINTS – 2015 Sidewood Estate Mappinga Shiraz

Shares the striking bouquet of its Estate sibling, and follows on the bulkier ’13 which won a trophy at the Decanter Wine Awards (no ’14 was released). It has a spicy/juicy palate with a carpet of red fruits framed by fine-spun tannins. Classy wine.

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95 POINTS – 2015 SIdewood Estate Owen Chardonnay

Offers a complex, gently funky bouquet, very much a la mode. The tangy, juicy palate is very long, drawing on its lively acidity, sustained by a deft touch of French oak.

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95 POINTS – 2015 Sidewood Mappinga Chardonnay

An opulent style, very different to its Owen sibling which struck gold at several shows. This has a lively mouthfeel, full of white peach, grapefruit and cashew, the oak handling particularly good.

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93 POINTS – 2015 Sidewood Mappinga Fume Blanc

Hand-picked, whole bunch pressed, fermented and matured in French oak, X% new. It’s fruit forward, yet not at the expense of complexity. Gold medal Sydney International Wine Challenge ’16 and silver at Royal Adelaide. Is a sauvignon blanc apt to give the variety a good name.

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*4 August 2017, Understanding Wine Ratings, Halliday Wine Companion <http://www.winecompanion.com.au/wines/understanding-wine-ratings>