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Reviews for 2020

June 2020 - Australia

June 2020 - Australia
This month's Wine feature is Australian Wines

Australia Reviews

Farmer’s Leap 2015  Cabernet Sauvignon
93 points
$16.99
Best Buy
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of ripe blackberry, earth, menthol-mint, and black tea with a satiny, crisp, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, complex, very long finish with accents of underripe strawberries, rooibos, and clove with chewy, well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A bold, juicy, ageable Cabernet with silky-yet-firm tannins that will pair seamlessly with steak.
93 points $16.99 Best Buy
Sidewood 2017 Stablemate Shiraz
92 points
$17
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Aromas and flavors of grilled mushrooms, sun dried tomato, green olives, caramel cookies, and peppermint-vanilla with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-full body and a peppery, compelling, medium-long finish with notes of incense and brown butter roasted nuts with moderate oak flavor. A complex and captivating Shiraz that will amplify a fine meal.
92 points $17 Best Buy
Sidewood 2018 Signature Abel Pinot Noir
91 points
$30
Light siam color. Inviting aromas and flavors of cherry chutney, dressed beet salad, tangerine, and sautéed mushrooms in butter with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a silky, engaging, medium-long finish revealing suggestions of peppered nuts and marinated grape leaves with a suggestion of oak flavor. A complex and mouthwatering Pinot Noir that invites you for a second glass.
Sidewood 2018 Mappinga Shiraz
91 points
$50
Deep purple color. Earthy aromas and flavors of grilled plum, forest mushrooms, mixed peppercorns, and menthol lozenge with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dryish medium-full body and a peppery, interesting, medium-long finish that presents shades of braciole, orange spice cake, bay leaf, and five-spice seasoning with moderate oak flavor. A dry, savory Shiraz for aged steaks.
Sidewood 2017 Stablemate Cabernet Sauvignon
90 points
$14
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas of roasted red pepper, dried cherries, garlic, sugar snap peas, and coffee cherry with a satiny, vibrant, dryish medium body and a tingling, distinctive, medium-long mint chocolate, roasted nut medley, and tea finish with moderate oak flavor. A vibrant and intriguing Cabernet Sauvignon that will play well at the table.
90 points $14 Best Buy
Sidewood 2014 Isabella Rosé Sparkling Wine Adelaide Hills
88 points
$30
Old gold color. Aromas of buttery croutons, granny smith apple vinaigrette, and lemon spritzed omelet with fresh herbs with a supple, spritzy, dry light-to-medium body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length toasted slivered almonds and poached apricot finish with fruit tannins. A zingy, distinctive sparkler that’s wild and free.
Sidewood 2018 Mappinga Chardonnay
87 points
$25
Yellow straw color. Aromas of buttered popcorn, apple fritter, dried pineapple, graham cracker with lemon curd, and granny smith apples with a round, lively, light-to-medium body and an effortless, medium-length lemon slices and caper berry finish. A tangy Chardonnay from Down Under with warming aromatics and sprightly acidity.
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