96 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday
The Sidewood Vineyard is situated at the 300 acre Ashwood Estate in the cool-climate of the Adelaide Hills wine region, 380m above sea level. Climate, soil, careful pruning techniques and hand selecting play a vital role to ensure that only the best fruit is produced for Sidewood Wines. With the rows of vineyards planted facing East – West, this ensures that combined with intensive canopy management the intensity of the fruit flavour profile will be enhanced.
This elegant and complex Shiraz has lifted aromatics of raspberry, blueberry, dark plum and hints of vanilla spice. The palate has an abundance of blackberry, dark red fruits and notes of dark chocolate. Tannins are rich and silky, the length is long and luxurious. An outstanding accompaniment to beef with black bean sauce or truffle pasta as a vegetarian option.
“Whole berry/carbonic maceration ferment, matured in French barriques for 16 months. This hits like a thunderstorm after you have navigated the fragrant bouquet and taken the first sip. Blackberry, red and black cherries and plum flood the fore and mid-palate before the whirlwind of black pepper, spice, licorice and dark chocolate take command before the fine, persistent tannins on the long finish and aftertaste.” – 96 Points & Special Value Wine James Halliday