97 Points - Tony Love
Located in the heart of the Adelaide Hills, Sidewood is one of the largest vineyards in this acclaimed region stretching across the 300 acre Estate. The wines are made at their state of the art winery by the highly acclaimed Darryl Catlin, who previously served as a winemaker at Shaw and Smith for 13 years.
This 2019 Sidewood Oberlin Pinot Noir is a limited release (250 dozen made) designed to showcase the high quality Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir is capable of achieving. 100% whole-bunch fermented, this has lovely aromas of wild strawberry, rose petal, black truffle and whiffs of funky earthiness and forest floor. The palate combines flavours of plums, dark chocolate with an alluring fine line of fresh acidity and mineral-like tannins. A Pinot Noir of impressive weight and complexity, this is a delicious short to medium term proposition.
"97 Points. One of three 3 single-clone pinots in this range. 100% whole bunches and wild ferment. Alluring crimson colours in the glass, sophisticated cherry aromas that want to be swallowed up by the stems. Starts out a little reserved but builds on the palate with real power and depth. Dark cherry and raspberry notes in abundance, with layers and layers unfolding in the bottle for hours. Totally engaging. Screwcap. 13.5% alc. To 2028. $40"- Tony Love, Halliday Wine Companion 2022.
"94 Points. The name of this limited production wine refers to the Oberlin clone of pinot noir. Just 250 dozen were bottled and the wine was 100 per cent whole-bunch fermented. It has a strongly stem/whole-bunch ferment bouquet as expected, with dominant aromas of underbrush, humus and tobacco, developing more and more dried-flower perfumes as it airs. The texture is soft and gentle, mellow and ready to drink, with deceptive long persistence. It seems prematurely developed but is a delicious drink. Good with quail. (Screw-cap.). 13.5% alc. Drink now to eight years." - Huon Hooke, goodfood.com.au.
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