2016 Sidewood Mappinga Chardonnay
2016 Sidewood Mappinga Chardonnay
$29.99 (buy 6 or more)$30.99 per single bottle
Love it or your money back*
Bursting at the seams with awards and accolades - 3 gold medals. 95 points from both Huon Hooke & James Halliday - this golden, luscious and full flavoured 2016 Sidewood Mappinga Chardonnay is what Chardonnay should be about.
A 'beautifully crafted (and grown)' white that is 'lovely wine', this whole-bunch-pressed, wild-fermented and carefully crafted Adelaide Hills Chardonnay is a modern hero.
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.'
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.'
How's it taste?
Only the best barrels are selected for our Mappinga Chardonnay. This luscious and opulent wine displays great length and fruit flavour intensity of lemon and lime citrus, honeydew melons with hints of nutmeg spice. Long and delicious with a wonderful line of acid, balanced by an incredible softness. Drinking beautifully now but will continue to evolve for the next five years.
How was it made?
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.
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.
Who made it?
Owners and Vignerons, Owen and Cassandra Inglis founded Sidewood in 2004 with a passion to create beautifully balanced and elegant award winning wines of the highest quality. Though their history is short, Sidewood has achieved five red-star accreditation from James Halliday and in 2016 became the largest eco sustainable winery in the Adelaide Hills. Sidewood now encompasses four individual vineyards in Oakbank, Echunga, Nairne and Verdun. The original 300 acre Oakbank vineyard is situated in the Onkaparinga Valley, 380m above sea level. Climate, soil type, an unwavering focus on excellence in viticulture combined with hand-picking and fruit selection play a vital role to ensure that only the best fruit is grown and used for Sidewood Wines. Sidewood Wines are made by internationally acclaimed Winemaker, Darryl Catlin at Sidewood’s state of the art winery at Nairne in the Adelaide Hills.
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