2018 Sidewood Estate Mappinga Chardonnay
Sidewood’s Mappinga Chardonnay has been awarded TWELVE Gold medals domestically and internationally, ranging from the 2019 Australian Wine Showcase to the 2020 Sakura Wine Awards in Japan, to the 2020 New York International Wine Competition.
That’s a lot of recognition. What makes it so good?
Well, straight off the bat it comes from a Halliday Wine Companion 5- red star rated winery, an honor only awarded to the most outstanding producers. They’re family-owned and operated and are the largest Certified Sustainable Winery in the Adelaide Hills. If that’s not an indication of commitment and quality we don’t know what is!
The fruit for the Mappinga itself is handpicked from the eponymous low-yielding vineyard and then sees ten months of French Oak (30%). After maturation, the barrels are tasted and tested - only the very best go on to bear the ‘Mappinga’ name… It is this uncompromising pursuit of quality that has resulted in such an exceptional, and now world-renowned wine. Even Decanter Magazine, often more close-fisted than not when it comes to points, handed it a generous 96.
‘Smooth, elegant, and sophisticated from the moment it sweeps into the room. There’s a lovely evenness of flavour defined by fragile white peach, a lick of mandarin, and the softest lemon. The oak is almost hidden, allowing the gentle fruit to do all the talking, right through to a whisper at the close. Seductive.’ David Sly, 96 points