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2016 Sidewood Mappinga Chardonnay

2016 Sidewood Mappinga Chardonnay

'Three gold medals at the Adelaide Wine Show, NZ and Spain in '17 is an interesting trifecta. More important is the sheer quality, purity and length of a beautifully crafted (and grown) wine. It hasn't put a foot wrong at any point along the way, instead conjuring up a combination of crisp acidity and softness.'
95 points - James Halliday's Wine Companion

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  • The top parcels of fruit from Sidewood, and winemaker Darryl Catlin's pet project when it comes to Chard.

    A well heeled bit of kit, is this 2016 Mappinga from Sidewood. It's the top-dog white at Sidewood, and certainly tastes like it. Not a foot is out of place, the wild-fermented, A-grade Adelaide Hills fruit is shining in all its glory. Buttercup, meadow and hay notes, with cashew, grapefruit and a hint of gun smoke from the barrel fermentation, gives you the winning combination. Delicious to drink, and a veritable bargain considering.

  • WINEMAKER'S NOTES

    Winemaker Darryl Catlin carefully selects the best parcels of fruit from the vineyard, ensuring that the fruit is picked from the vineyard at precisely the right moment. After a lot of time spent walking up and down the vineyard checking to see if the flavours are right the fruit is then hand-picked once it has reached around 12° Baume. It then begins its journey through the winery, initially focusing on keeping the juice as cool as possible. Bunches are sorted and whole bunched pressed, prior to wild yeast barrel fermentation of the free run juice in new and one year old French oak barriques for ten months. It is then settled and prepared for bottling as soon as possible so that we can capture the freshness and fruit intensity of the wine.

    TASTING NOTES

    Medium straw in colour this wine displays lifted mandarin citrus and melon notes on the nose. This barrel fermented Adelaide Hills Chardonnay offers superbly structured characters of melon, honey with a hint of cashew. Long and delicious with a wonderful line of acid and balanced by an incredible softness. A lovely crisp wine now, that will benefit from some short term
    cellaring once bottled.

  • REVIEWS

    Gold Medal - 2017 Royal Adelaide Wine Show
    Gold Medal - 2018 Catavinum World Wine Competition
    Gold Medal - New World Wine Awards New Zealand
    Gold Medal - 2017 International Wine Awards


    'Light, bright yellow colour with a very fresh, refined, intense, restrained but complex bouquet, which doesn't rely on oak or artifact for its detail. The wine is fruit-led and quietly intense, with lovely refinement and subtle depths. There are understated nuances here, which will only become more interesting with a little more time. Lots of lemon and other citrus nuances. A lovely wine which I'd like to drink now, but it has potential to improve further. This is outstanding value.'

    95 Points - Huon Hooke

    'The best parcels of fruit from the vineyard, whole-bunch pressed, the free-run juice wild-fermented and matured for 10 months in new and used French oak. Three gold medals at the Adelaide Wine Show, NZ and Spain in '17 is an interesting trifecta. More important is the sheer quality, purity and length of a beautifully crafted (and grown) wine. It hasn't put a foot wrong at any point along the way, instead conjuring up a combination of crisp acidity and softness.'
    95 Points - James Halliday