Full Review

Sidewood

Sidewood
2017 Estate, Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills

Pair this wine with:
Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: <1%
92 Points
Gold Medal
Exceptional
$19
Best Buy

Sidewood
2017 Estate, Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills

Pair this wine with:
Shellfish Turkey

Category: Chardonnay

Date Tasted:
Country: Australia
Alcohol: 12.5% RS: <1%
Emerald straw color. Earthy, savory aromas and flavors of overripe yellow apple and mango, melon in cream, and coconut yogurt and vinegar with a silky, bright, medium body and a tingling, interesting, long finish displaying suggestions of honey roasted pineapple with white balsamic, kiwi strawberry and mango relish, and nuts with a suggestion of oak flavor. A vibrant chardonnay bursting with tropical fruit flavor.

Tasting Info

Wine Glass Style: Fruity, Juicy & Smooth, New World, Oaky & Savory
Aroma Aroma: overripe yellow apple and mango, melon in cream, and coconut yogurt and vinegar
Taste Flavor: Same as aromas with suggestions of honey roasted pineapple with white balsamic, kiwi strawberry and mango relish, and nuts
Sweetness Sweetness: Dryish
Enjoy Enjoy: Now-3 years on its own and with food
Recipes Pairing: Crab Cakes, Roast Turkey, Boiled Lobster
Bottom Line Bottom Line: A vibrant chardonnay bursting with tropical fruit flavor.

The Producer

Sidewood Estate

The Producer
PO Box 828
Oakbank, 5243
Australia
61 -(08) 8389 9234

Their Portfolio

86 Sidewood 2016 Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills 13.5% (Australia) $17.43.
89 Sidewood NV Sparkling, Pinot Noir Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills 11.5% (Australia) $15.85.
91 Sidewood 2015 Shiraz, Adelaide Hills 14.5% (Australia) $20.00.
93 Sidewood 2017 Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills 12% (Australia) $18.00.
89 Sidewood 2013 Isabella Sparkling Rosé , Adelaide Hills 12% (Australia) $27.00.
84 Sidewood 2014 Chloe Cuvée Sparkling, Adelaide Hills 11.5% (Australia) $27.00.
86 Sidewood NV Sparkling, Adelaide Hills 11.5% (Australia) $19.00.
89 Sidewood 2016 Mappinga, Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills 12.5% (Australia) $25.00.
93 Sidewood 2017 Estate, Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills 13% (Australia) $21.00.
87 Sidewood NV Apple Cider 5.0% (Australia)
89 Sidewood NV Pear Cider, Adelaide Hills 5.0% (Australia)
94 Sidewood 2015 Mappinga, Shiraz, Adelaide Hills 14.5% (Australia) $42.50.
92 Sidewood 2017 Estate, Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills 12.5% (Australia) $19.00.
88 Sidewood 2016 Estate, Shiraz, Adelaide Hills 14.5% (Australia) $19.50.
90 Sidewood 2017 Estate, Chardonnay, Adelaide Hills 13% (Australia) $19.00.
90 Sidewood 2016 Estate, Shiraz, Adelaide Hills 14.5% (Australia) $19.50.
90 Sidewood NV Sparkling, Adelaide Hills 11.5% (Australia) $18.00.
87 Sidewood 2015 Cassandra Blanc de Blancs, Adelaide Hills 11.5% (Australia) $.00.
92 Sidewood 2014 Isabella Sparkling Rosé, Adelaide Hills 12% (Australia) $25.00.
90 Sidewood 2015 Chloe Cuvée Sparkling, Adelaide Hills 11.5% (Australia) $25.00.
84 Stable Hill 2016 Palomino, Pinot Grigio, Adelaide Hills 12.5% (Australia) $17.43.
87 Stable Hill 2016 The Unicorn, Sauvignon Blanc, Adelaide Hills 12% (Australia) $17.43.
91 Stable Hill 2016 The Little Villager, Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills 13.5% (Australia) $17.43.
90 Stable Hill 2015 Mustang, Shiraz, Adelaide Hills 14.6% (Australia) $17.43.
87 Stable Hill 2016 The Masked Knight, Cabernet Sauvignon, Adelaide Hills 14.5% (Australia) $17.43.
84 Stable Hill 2016 Cremello, Chardonnay, South Australia 12% (Australia) $16.50.

Chardonnay

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Serve in a White Wine Glass
Chardonnay is arguably the world’s most famous white variety, thanks to its success in France’s Burgundy region as well as throughout much of California. Chardonnay on its own has rather straightforward, pleasant aromas of apple and pear, but when aged (and sometimes fermented) in small oak barrels, the wines take on extra richness as well as notes of toasted almond, vanilla and yeast.

The most renowned examples of Chardonnay are from small villages and vineyards in Burgundy, such as Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault. These wines are very powerful with ample spicy notes and very good acidity; they age very well, sometimes as long as 20-25 years. Another part of Burgundy, Chablis, is home to more restrained style of Chardonnay. Certain areas of California, especially Russian River Valley in Sonoma and Santa Barbara County are also home to many distinguished examples of Chardonnay, with those from the latter region often displaying tropical fruit flavors.

Given that most Chardonnnays are aged in small oak barrels, there has been a movement as of late to give consumers a mored delicate style of Chardonnay, without all the spicy and toasty flavors. Thus there are now many producers that produce non-oak aged Chardonnays; this has been seen from many producers from Australia as well as a few in California as well.

Chardonnay, especially oak-aged versions, are quite rich and need seafood of equal richness at the dinner table. Thus lobster, halibut and swordfish are ideal food pairings.