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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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.