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Sidewood reigns victorious at Winter Reds!


Sidewood has won the second annual Winter Reds Wine Battle Degustation by narrow victory against some formidable opponents, reigning victorious over some of the top producers in the best wine regions in the world.

After welcoming record breaking crowds during the day, on Saturday night Sidewood welcomed over 60 guests to their Cellar Door at Maximilian’s Restaurant in Verdun, for a five-course degustation with a twist. Special guests included Masterchef Alumni, Eloise Praino, Sam Whitehead and Adam Mizzi who were Ambassadors for the event and hosted two competition winners on a table along with Sidewood’s Owners, Owen and Cassandra Inglis who all thoroughly enjoyed the contest.

“Once again a wonderfully exciting evening , with superb wines paired with Chef Jamie Laing’s incredible dishes , all faultlessly served. With a sense of Déjà vu , Sidewood won the taste off by a three to two margin  exactly the same as last year. The imported wines all sell for at least 50% more than our own wines and it was gratifying to be able to show that our Adelaide Hills wines can compete with the best in the world on better than equal terms . A great fun evening for all of us who braved the chilly Winter weather and an event we look forward to next year.” Owen said.

Each course was carefully constructed and paired with a Sidewood varietal by Head Winemaker, Darryl Catlin and Head Chef, Jamie Laing, using locally sourced ingredients. Poured blind against the same varietal from top overseas producers, guests unbiasedly selected their favourite by in boxing style rounds, commentated by Sidewood’s Cellar Door Manager, Seth Piszczuck, who kept guests entertained.

Despite Sidewood’s newly released 2017 Sidewood Sauvignon Blanc last week receiving a Gold Medal from New Zealand’s ultimate wine review Wine Orbit for the varietal, in only its second week on the market, Head Winemaker, Darryl Catlin was both surprised and ecstatic with the varietal’s success over its equivalent from the highly regarded Sauvignon Blanc region of Malborough, New Zealand,

The 17 Sidewood Sauvignon Blanc I think has followed on from the 16 in terms of its pedigree as a first-class wine. It has a greater aromatic presence and the palate is fine and long. It is a finer Style than the 16, but that is to be expected as it is a different vintage”  he said.   

Please find the full list of results below:

ROUND 1 WINNER: 2017 SIDEWOOD SAUVIGNON BLANC

Wine 1: 2017 Sidewood Sauvignon Blanc – Adelaide Hills, Australia:  50 VOTES.

Wine 2: 2016 Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc – Marlborough, New Zealand: 10 VOTES.

Dish: Butter roasted beetroot, Woodside’s goat curd, flaxseed crisp, pickled onion, beetroot dust.

ROUND 2 WINNER: 2014 HUGEL CLASSIC PINOT GRIS

Wine 1: 2016 Sidewood Pinot Gris – Adelaide Hills, Australia: 8 VOTES.

Wine 2: 2014 Hugel Classic Pinot Gris – Alsace, France: 46 VOTES.

Dish: Barbequed Spencer Golf prawns, avocado, smoked chilli jam.

ROUND 3 WINNER: 2014 BODEGA CATENA ZAPATA CHARDONNAY  

Wine 1: 2016 Sidewood Estate Chardonnay – Adelaide Hills, Australia: 25 VOTES.

Wine 2: 2014 Bodega Catena Zapata Chardonnay – Mendoza, Argentina: 26 VOTES.

Dish: Tarragon and lemon roasted chicken breast, artichoke cream, charred leeks, herbs.

ROUND 4 WINNER: 2016 SIDEWOOD PINOT NOIR

Wine 1: 2016 Sidewood Pinot Noir – Adelaide Hills, Australia: 37 VOTES.

Wine 2: 2015 Evasham Wood Pinot Noir – Oregon, United States of America: 14 VOTES.

Dish: Paroo kangaroo fillet, mushroom pate, juniper purple carrots, pickled cranberries.

ROUND 5 WINNER: 2015 SIDEWOOD SHIRAZ

Wine 1: 2015 Sidewood Shiraz – Adelaide Hills, Australia: 39 VOTES.

Wine 2: 2014 Boekenhoutskloof ‘Porcupine Ridge’ Syrah – Frankschoe, South Africa: 12 VOTES.

Dish: Dark chocolate and olive oil ganache, berries, salted caramel, licorice crumb.