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2016 Sidewood Estate Shiraz Adelaide Hills South Australia

SKU #1434753 96 points James Halliday

Outer quote mark Whole berry/carbonic maceration ferment, matured in French barriques for 16 months. This hits like a thunderstorm after you have navigated the fragrant bouquet and taken the first sip. Blackberry, red and black cherries and plum flood the fore and mid-palate before the whirlwind of black pepper, spice, licorice and dark chocolate take command before the fine, persistent tannins on the long finish and aftertaste. Inner quote mark (8/2018)

94 points Sam Kim

Outer quote mark It is sweetly fragrant on the nose showing blackberry, plum jelly, thyme, toasted almond and black olive characters. The palate delivers excellent fruit concentration and intensity, elegantly framed by fine texture and polished tannins. The wine is rich and generous, while remaining elegant and poised. Inner quote mark (1/2018)

93 points James Suckling

Outer quote mark 13 May, 2019 – There’s a touch of reductive funk here on the nose, but look out for the iodine and hot-stone character that’s there to be enjoyed. The palate shows dusty tannins, but the texture is tight enough and the acidity bright enough to carry the dried-fruit undertones. Inner quote mark (5/2019)

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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/11/2019 | Send Email
My first introduction to Sidewood came with their 2016 Pinot Noir, which is jaw-droppingly fantastic: light and ethereal, intensely aromatic with tons of acidity. My response was disbelief: "Wait. This is from South Australia!?" What’s so surprising about Sidewood is the effect of its unique, high-altitude, cool-climate site on the style and quality of their wines. Take for instance, their 2016 Shiraz. The nose has elements of cherry liqueur, charcoal, and savory elements with just a faint touch of mint. Fragrant, pretty, and elegant. When was the last time you heard anyone say that to describe a Shiraz? The palate has plenty of acidity, medium weight, beautiful fruit expression. There’s not an ounce of excessive weight on this--it's lifted and incredibly bright. There’s been a lot of press this year about “New Australian Wine,” i.e. Australian wines that are moving to a style that is more balanced, acid driven, and lower in alcohol. I can’t think of a better example of what’s going on in Australian wine right now than this. Open it up an hour ahead of time, and you'll be gladly rewarded.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/11/2019 | Send Email
This is mouth-watering Syrah. I have a Pavlovian response to the aromatics in this wine. The rich, intense, dark fruit that is backed by savory herbal tones and mellow spice makes me immediately think of lamb chops. Once I have grilled lamb on my mind I start to salivate. I am a simple creature. This is primal Syrah for me. It is not the soft pretty mouth full of berries. This is dark cherry, smoke, herbs with really well-managed tannins and a fresh mouth-watering finish, and that is not just me thinking about Lamb. Savory cool-climate Syrah from Australia, I am a fan.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/10/2019 | Send Email
There's no mistaking the Aussie Shiraz character in this gem! After a couple hours of breathing time, beautiful notes of cherry kirsch, smoked game, eucalyptus, mint, and smoky pepper unfold. Beautiful ripe tannins coat the mouth, purple fruits take the center stage on the palate and the structure and acid lead to a bright, long lasting finish. A top deal in Shiraz!

By: Cameron Hoppas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/10/2019 | Send Email
Deep aromas of burnt cocoa, smoked meat, menthol and dark chewy fruit lead into plush, chocolatey tannins on the palate. There is a welcomed lift of mouthwatering acidity. This wine offers big flavors straight off the bat, but as it opened it became apparent just how much more this wine has to offer. This is what Aussie Shiraz is all about.

By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/10/2019 | Send Email
The Sidewood wines are some of our new favorites at K&L. The winery is certified eco-sustainable, and that combined with their meticulous viticulture practices and unique terroir in Adelaide helps them craft lovely wines. Their high elevation gives them an especially cool climate and their vineyards are located on sites of various loamy geologies. Sumptuous red fruits loll out of the glass with raspberry compote, brandy cherries, and dried cranberries. There are warming baking spice aromas that hint toward more savory notes, but it doesn't quite hit the typical meaty character that Aussie Shiraz can. On the palate, the red fruits darken and gain depth. Soft peppercorn flavors emerge and a rich floral character comes out as well. The herbal notes and well-balanced acidity keep the wine wonderfully balanced all the way into the soft tannin and dusted cocoa finish.

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/10/2019 | Send Email
A different look at Australian Shiraz from the cooler region of the Adelaide Hills, this is a forward, full flavored bottling that pushes baker's chocolate and red dust notes up over salinity and green notes on the nose. With a medium body, the palate is a shift to incredibly dark fruit and licorice, finishing with coffee, cherry and dried herb.

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