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2015 Sidewood Mappinga Shiraz

2015 Sidewood Mappinga Shiraz

Shares the striking bouquet of its Estate sibling, and follows on the bulkier '13 which won a trophy at the Decanter Wine Awards (no '14 was released). It has a spicy/juicy palate with a carpet of red fruits framed by fine-spun tannins. Classy wine.
96 points - James Halliday's Wine Companion

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  • A very big deal. 

    Decanter Magazine recently empanelled 165 Australian Shiraz for the July edition of their famous International wine magazine. Of all the incredble wines that were entered in the blind-taste off, only one managed to score 98 points and top honours: 2015 Sidewood Mappinga Shiraz.

    This is a breathtakingly beautiful drink. Akin to something S.C Pannell may have produced with his 2013 Hills Syrah (the Jimmy Watson winner itself), this wine politely reminds us all that the Barossa isn't the only epicentre of this great Aussie varietal. Spicy and succulent, the wine is laden with violets, charcuterie, pepperberries, earth, flowers and blueberry fruit. What a hook. This is such an impressive drink, and has the 'all-rounder' philosophy writ large. In great Australian wine terms, you could be paying a whole lot more and still not get the delivery, poise and character of the Sidewood Mappinga. Beautiful. 96 Halliday, 95 Huon Hooke and an impressive 98 from the San Franciso International Wine Show make this a highly sought after piece of kit.


    Cool climate, soil, careful pruning techniques and hand selecting play a vital role to ensure that only the best fruit is produced for our Mappinga Shiraz. The rows in the vineyards are planted East - West to maximise the intensity of the fruit flavours. Mappinga Shiraz is only produced in years where  the vineyard can produce outstanding quality of fruit.

    Winemaker Darryl Catlin carefully selects the best parcels of fruit from the vineyard tasting the flavours to determine when the fruit is at perfect ripeness. Selected bunches are then carefully picked in the early morning to keep the fruit cool. Berries’ are sorted at the winery, 70-75% are gently pressed and 25 - 30% of the fruit is added whole in to the open topped fermentation tanks for a partial carbonic maceration. Careful attention is spent on keeping the juice as cool as possible. Once ferment is completed it is then matured in 35% new and older French Oak barriques.

    14.5% alc/vol


    Deep plum in colour with a vibrant ruby hue. This complex and elegant wine has lifted aromas of rich dark fruits, violets and toasted cinnamon tantalises the senses and rewards with a luscious full mid palate showing blackberries, blackcurrants and fresh dates in abundance. This complex and elegant wine has a long lingering finish with hints of liquorice and cocoa bean.


    'Sidewood was only founded in 2004, but is now the largest sustainable winery in the Adelaide Hills. Should you ever visit the estate in the autumn or winter, you may do a double-take at the sight of flocks of sheep nibbling their way between the rows of vines. These are not escapees from the nearby farm, but an integral part of Sidewood’s methodology, acting as roaming weed killers and fertilisers, where the environment is at the core of its practices.

    Winemaker Darryl Catlin covers the hard yards in the vineyards, selecting the best fruit from the best parcels for this Shiraz. It is fermented in barrel, with 25%-30% whole bunch, after which it spends 18 months in new and one-year-old French barriques.

    Tine Gellie: Lovely savoury aromas of spiced leather lead into a developing fruit palate of dark berries and sappy, whole-bunch fruit tannins. Refreshing acidity makes it very quaffable. A top-drawer Shiraz that will mature well.

    Roger Jones: A beautiful, savoury nose leads into a palate of gentle, evolving fruit with classy, restrained elegance. It has nice acidity, making this fresh, clean, vibrant and exciting - a real feminine style. Just stunning.

    Anthony Rose: Excellent vibrant, spicy aromatics are followed by an intense and concentrated palate with a rich, dark berry quality. It has a spine of incisive cool-climate acidity and firm, sinewy tannins for structure. Finessed and complete.'

    98 Points - Decanter Magazine

    98 Points - San Francisco International Wine Competition

    'A very full-bodied, powerful rendition of Adelaide Hills shiraz, with depth and structure aplenty. Lots of chew as well. A big, solid, dense wine, which avoids excessive oakiness. Dark and red fruits are apparent, and there is only a hint of the mint that dominated the famous 2013 vintage. (A blend of several vineyards, the key being the Echunga vineyard they recently purchased) 14.5% alc.'
    95 Points - Huon Hooke

    'Shares the striking bouquet of its Estate sibling, and follows on the bulkier '13 which won a trophy at the Decanter Wine Awards (no '14 was released). It has a spicy/juicy palate with a carpet of red fruits framed by fine-spun tannins. Classy wine.'
    96 Points - James Halliday

    'Sidewood continue to make a stamp with Shiraz and Chardonnay, and this ’15 is another standout. Sourced from the Sidewood vineyard at the top of Onkaparinga Valley in the Adelaide Hills, this includes 25% whole bunches in the ferment and matured for 18 months in 35% new oak. There’s a gently oaky, molten character to this Shiraz that is ripe and equivocally full-bodied, but complemented by plenty of whole bunch spice and no excess. Really captures that meaty, licoricey, bigger Adelaide Hills style and with some complexity. Gold medal quality. Best drinking: 2017-2030. '
    94 Points - Andrew Graham

    'This is the reserve release from Sidewood with the wine seeing a portion of whole bunch fermentation before ageing in new (35%) and aged French oak for 18 months.

    The use of whole bunch and a portion of new oak gives a uniquely enjoyable nose with a touch of stem and earth combining with varietal white pepper and a lift of oak spice all against the backdrop of generous dark berry fruits.
    The wine has great curves, at it’s core is plum and blackberry but there is an array of subtle complexities ranging from bay leaf to violets and milk chocolate. The tannins are finely structured but make their mark on the mid to back palate whilst taking on oak spice and liquorice. The finish is long, dark fruited and mouth filling.'
    96 Points - Patrick Eckel

    94 Points - Wine Showcase Magazine

    'This wine offers everything you'd want from a top cool-climate Shiraz: Notes of black currant, rhubarb, flowers, cinnamon, black pepper and a smoky, earthy quality are followed by a velvety-textured medium body. Plush, juicy fruit and savory, peppery characters carry to a long, salty finish. It's elegant yet structured and can be enjoyed now–2025.'
    92 Points + Editors Choices - Wine Enthusiast

    Great Gold – International Wine Awards Spain

    Double Gold – San Francisco International Wine Competition

    Gold – Sommelier Wine Awards London

    Gold – Sydney International Wine Competition

    Gold – National Cool Climate Wine Show

    Gold – Australian Wine Showcase

    Gold – Mundus Vini International Wine Awards Germany

    Gold – Catavinum World Wine Spain