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2013 Sidewood Isabella Sparkling Rose

2013 Sidewood Isabella Sparkling Rose

Trophy's, double-golds, medals, points... what hasn't the 2013 Sidewood Isabella Rose won!

This methode traditionelle sparkling rose from the Adelaide Hills Sidewood winery is one of the most forthright, character driven wines we've had the chance to drink in years. If you want to make a statement, then this is the bubbles for you. 54 months on lees; brioche, biscotti, fresh alpine strawberries and a fine bead all make this the kind of bubbles that would have the Champagnoise cursing the interlopers from down south.

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  • 54 months on lees. 3,000 bottles produced. Methode traditionelle = One EPIC sparkling Rose from Sidewood!

    If there is ever a wine to knock over the Tyrrell's crown for wine with most show bling, it's the 2013 Isabella Rose from Sidewood in the Adelaide Hills. Its festooned with medals, trophies, reviews and scores, all of them positive and glowing. This is serious sparkling territory, and it is a wine that you should undoubtedly be getting acquainted with.

    Made by winemaker extraordinaire, Darryl Caitlin, who spent many years working as the chief winemaker at local Adelaide Hills legend Shaw + Smith before his time at Sidewood, it is a Rose of immediate impact and skilled craftsmanship. It FILLS the room with a coterie of rose flowers, alpine strawberries, biscotti and lemon peel. It is an explosion of flavours, and has the power to linger in the mouth for minutes. As a blend of predominantly Pinot, you can expect the usual red berried flavours, but its the time-spent resting on its lees (some up to 54 months) that give this bubbles its real impact. 


    A blend of 40% Chardonnay (B95, B76, G9V7) and 60% Pinot Noir (MV6 114, 115, and 777). Adelaide Hills grapes were gently pressed off and free run taken. The juice was fermented in stainless steel, with full malolactic fermentation. The wine was fermented in bottle with special attention paid on maintaining the wines natural acidity. This wine spent a minimum 46 months on yeast lees before being disgorged


    With a blend of 60% Pinot Noir and 40% Chardonnay this sparkling wine displays lifted aromas of fresh strawberries, red cherry and peach and is beautifully complemented by notes of brioche and biscotti. Pale blush pink in colour this wine identifies finesse with an attractive mousse, fine bed and soft creamy palate. Simply serve chilled.


    96 Points - International Cool Climate Wine Show

    95 Points - Australian Wine Showcase

    95 Points - Royal Queensland Wine Show

    Trophy Best Australian Sparkling Rose - 2018 Australian Sparkling Wine Show

    Trophy - Best Sparkling Wine - 2018 Cool Climate Wine Show

    Trophy & Top 100 Wines + Blue Gold Medal - Best Australian Sparkling, 2018 Sydney International Wine Competition

    Trophy + Double Gold - Melbourne International Wine Challenge

    Top Gold - Royal Queensland Wine Show

    Gold - 2018 National Wine Show of Australia
    Gold - 2018 Australian Cool Climate Wine Show
    Gold - 2018 International Wine Awards Spain
    Gold - 2018 Melbourne International Wine Challenge
    Gold - 2017 International Cool Climate Wine Show
    Gold - 2017 New Zealand International Wine Show
    Gold - 2017 Australian Wine Showcase

    'A fabulous methode traditionnelle, the inviting bouquet shows orange peel, rockmelon and brioche aromas with nuances of watermelon and strawberry. The palate is equally attractive, displaying excellent mid palate weight and silky texture, wonderfully complemented by pristine fruit flavours as well as seductive savoury notes. A delectable offering.'
    93 Points - Sam Kim, Wine Orbit

    '40% chardonnay and 60% pinot noir, or vice versa, both figures supplied, traditional method, 30 months on lees. A word of warning about the gold medals on the bottle: several are of the kind that make the public justifiably wary of wine show gold medals (the awards received were a trophy, a double-gold, and five gold medals). The dosage here is well balanced, the red fruit echoes also more comforting.'

    94 Points - James Halliday

    'A blend of Pinot Noir (60%) and Chardonnay (40%) the wine is named after the owners daughter and has seen a minimum of two years on lees prior to disgorgement. A pretty burnt orange to pink hue in the glass with a fine persistent bead that only comes from Methode Traditionelle. The nose combines rich brioche and and creamier notes alongside wild strawberry, citrus and fresh flowers. The palate has great balance with a line of red apple and citrus inspired acidity a constant. There is a return of the strawberry notes with some biscuity complexity that leads into a long, lemon zest dominant finish. Drinking well now, but as a vintage sparkling this has plenty of potential to age well over the medium term.'
    93 Points - Patrick Eckel