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Reviews for 2021

June 2021 - Australia

June 2021 - Australia
This month's Wine feature is Australian Wines

Australia Reviews

Sidewood 2019  Pinot Noir
93 points
$30
Dusty ruby color. Inviting aromas and flavors of cherry chutney, suede, lilac, milk chocolate, forest mushrooms, and honey with a silky, vibrant, fruity light body and a smooth, complex, long finish with overtones of candied orange peel, ginger, and hazelnut with light oak flavor. A delicious Pinot Noir with enticing fruit aromatics and a mouthwatering palate; a no-brainer.
Sidewood 2019 Mappinga Shiraz
92 points
$45
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of strawberry-rhubarb pie, ripe plum, vanilla bean tea, wintergreen, and tarragon with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, refreshing, medium-long finish with accents of milk chocolate-covered caramels, smoked meats, and violet with well-integrated tannins and moderate oak flavor. A chewy and complex Shiraz that sings.
Sidewood 2020  Chardonnay
91 points
$19
Silvery emerald straw color. Buttery aromas of butter poached green apples, bruleed lime, flaky croissant, and flint with a velvety, crisp, fruity light body and a smooth, appealing, agreeable underripe peach and pineapple relish finish with a suggestion of oak flavor. A bright but buttery Chardonnay with silky texture and zingy fruity flavors.
Sidewood 2019 Mappinga Chardonnay
91 points
$30
Pale straw color. Aromas and flavors of toasty cinnamon rolls, green apple compote, hints of cardamom, and honeysuckle with a velvety, vibrant, fruity light-to-medium body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish manifesting notes of hints of grapefruit with light oak flavor. A mouthwatering Chardonnay with great balance.
Sidewood 2017 Mappinga Shiraz
91 points
$45
Black garnet color. Aromas of charcoal briquettes, plum pudding, mixed peppercorns, and black olives with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, engaging, medium-length carob, balsamic, allspice, coriander, and sassafras finish with moderate oak flavor. A rich Australian Shiraz with spice notes that dance on the palate.
Sidewood NV Sparkling Rosé Adelaide Hills
90 points
$19
Silvery pink color. Aromas and flavors of pink lady apples, under-ripe strawberries, nectarine, sliced celery, and hints of toasted shortcake with a satiny, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a polished, captivating, medium-length finish manifesting notes of pink peppercorn with a suggestion of oak flavor. A light, fresh, fruity and buoyant sparkler with a dry sensibility.
Sidewood 2019  Shiraz
90 points
$22
Violet color. Aromas and flavors of smoked meats, blackberry jam, licorice, milk tea, crimini mushrooms, and herbal lozenge with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, captivating, medium-length finish with moderate oak flavor. A bold and berry-laden Shiraz with a smoky edge; lighter bodied than most for smooth-sipping pleasure.
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