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-picking 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.
With a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay, the bouquet offers delightful, lifted aromas of strawberry, lemon citrus and underlying notes of biscotti. The palate is elegant and well integrated, displaying intense strawberry, nectarine and cashew characters enhanced by partial malolactic fermentation and extended time on yeast lees. The natural acidity provides excellent structure and finesse, with an excellent mouth-watering citrus and nougat finish.
A selection of Dijon clones for both the 60/40% pinot/chardonnay components. Enormous care is taken for a non-vintage blend at a price of $22, following the trail of previous releases with gold medal success. Fresh, lively, the balance excellent, ditto length. Drink to: NA; Price: $22.00; Date Tasted: Feb 2020; Alcohol: 11.5%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star & Top 100 Wines for 2020; James Halliday Wine Companion
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