2016 Sidewood Shiraz Adelaide Hills South Australia

SKU #1434753 96 points James Halliday

 Whole berry/carbonic maceration ferment, matured in French barriques for 16 months. This hits like a thunderstorm after you have navigated the fragrant bouquet and taken the first sip. Blackberry, red and black cherries and plum flood the fore and mid-palate before the whirlwind of black pepper, spice, licorice and dark chocolate take command before the fine, persistent tannins on the long finish and aftertaste.  (8/2018)

94 points Sam Kim

 It is sweetly fragrant on the nose showing blackberry, plum jelly, thyme, toasted almond and black olive characters. The palate delivers excellent fruit concentration and intensity, elegantly framed by fine texture and polished tannins. The wine is rich and generous, while remaining elegant and poised. At its best: now to 2026.  (1/2018)

93 points James Suckling

 13 May, 2019 – There’s a touch of reductive funk here on the nose, but look out for the iodine and hot-stone character that’s there to be enjoyed. The palate shows dusty tannins, but the texture is tight enough and the acidity bright enough to carry the dried-fruit undertones.  (5/2019)

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By: Thomas Smith | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/11/2019 | Send Email
My first introduction to Sidewood came with their 2016 Pinot Noir, which is jaw-droppingly fantastic: light and ethereal, intensely aromatic with tons of acidity. My response was disbelief: "Wait. This is from South Australia!?" What’s so surprising about Sidewood is the effect of its unique, high-altitude, cool-climate site on the style and quality of their wines. Take for instance, their 2016 Shiraz. The nose has elements of cherry liqueur, charcoal, and savory elements with just a faint touch of mint. Fragrant, pretty, and elegant. When was the last time you heard anyone say that to describe a Shiraz? The palate has plenty of acidity, medium weight, beautiful fruit expression. There’s not an ounce of excessive weight on this--it's lifted and incredibly bright. There’s been a lot of press this year about “New Australian Wine,” i.e. Australian wines that are moving to a style that is more balanced, acid driven, and lower in alcohol. I can’t think of a better example of what’s going on in Australian wine right now than this. Open it up an hour ahead of time, and you'll be gladly rewarded.

By: Kirk Walker | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/11/2019 | Send Email
This is mouth-watering Syrah. I have a Pavlovian response to the aromatics in this wine. The rich, intense, dark fruit that is backed by savory herbal tones and mellow spice makes me immediately think of lamb chops. Once I have grilled lamb on my mind I start to salivate. I am a simple creature. This is primal Syrah for me. It is not the soft pretty mouth full of berries. This is dark cherry, smoke, herbs with really well-managed tannins and a fresh mouth-watering finish, and that is not just me thinking about Lamb. Savory cool-climate Syrah from Australia, I am a fan.

By: Alex Schroeder | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/10/2019 | Send Email
There's no mistaking the Aussie Shiraz character in this gem! After a couple hours of breathing time, beautiful notes of cherry kirsch, smoked game, eucalyptus, mint, and smoky pepper unfold. Beautiful ripe tannins coat the mouth, purple fruits take the center stage on the palate and the structure and acid lead to a bright, long lasting finish. A top deal in Shiraz!

By: Cameron Hoppas | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/10/2019 | Send Email
Deep aromas of burnt cocoa, smoked meat, menthol and dark chewy fruit lead into plush, chocolatey tannins on the palate. There is a welcomed lift of mouthwatering acidity. This wine offers big flavors straight off the bat, but as it opened it became apparent just how much more this wine has to offer. This is what Aussie Shiraz is all about.

By: Neal Fischer | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/10/2019 | Send Email
The Sidewood wines are some of our new favorites at K&L. The winery is certified eco-sustainable, and that combined with their meticulous viticulture practices and unique terroir in Adelaide helps them craft lovely wines. Their high elevation gives them an especially cool climate and their vineyards are located on sites of various loamy geologies. Sumptuous red fruits loll out of the glass with raspberry compote, brandy cherries, and dried cranberries. There are warming baking spice aromas that hint toward more savory notes, but it doesn't quite hit the typical meaty character that Aussie Shiraz can. On the palate, the red fruits darken and gain depth. Soft peppercorn flavors emerge and a rich floral character comes out as well. The herbal notes and well-balanced acidity keep the wine wonderfully balanced all the way into the soft tannin and dusted cocoa finish.

By: Chris DePaoli | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 9/10/2019 | Send Email
A different look at Australian Shiraz from the cooler region of the Adelaide Hills, this is a forward, full flavored bottling that pushes baker's chocolate and red dust notes up over salinity and green notes on the nose. With a medium body, the palate is a shift to incredibly dark fruit and licorice, finishing with coffee, cherry and dried herb.

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- One of France's noblest black grape varieties, Syrah is known for its intense and distinctive perfume reminiscent of briar fruit, tar, spice and black pepper and its firm structure. One of few black grape varietals frequently vinified on its own, the best examples of Syrah come from the Northern Rhône, particularly Hermitage, but also Côte-Rôtie, Cornas, Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph. These wines are very astringent in their youth, though some Crozes-Hermitage and St-Joseph can be enjoyed young, relatively speaking. Given the requisite patience, though, these wines can reveal amazing complexity and secondary fruit characteristics like plum and blackcurrant as well as subtle hints of smoke and flowers. In the Southern Rhône, Syrah is used to add structure and complexity to wines dominated by Grenache and complemented by Mourvèdre, like the more immediately drinkable Côte du Rhônes, as well as the long-lived wines of Châteauneuf-du-Pape. In recent years, plantings of Syrah have spread throughout the Languedoc-Roussillon where it is produced on its own or blended with other varietals. Outside of France, the most important Syrah growing country is easily Australia, where it is called Shiraz. Quality levels here depend greatly on yields and geography, and the wines range from bold, fruity and easy-drinking to intense and ageable, like the famed Penfolds Grange. Often bottled on its own, in Australia Syrah is also can be blended with Grenache and Mourvèdre, as in the Southern Rhône, and is increasingly combined with Cabernet Sauvignon. Syrah has also been steadily increasing in popularity in California, thanks to a group of advocates called the Rhône Rangers. Its most successful iterations come from the Central and Sonoma Coasts, where winemakers are pushing boundaries and creating some incredible wines. In recent years Syrah has also found a number of proponents in Washington State, which is definitely a region to watch for this variety.


- While it is true that the greatest strides in Australian winemaking have come in the last 30 years or so, commercial viticulture began as early as the 1820s and has developed uninterrupted ever since. The majority of the great wine regions are in the southeastern area of the continent, including Barossa Valley, Clare Valley, McLaren Vale, and Coonawarra in South Australia; Yarra Yarra Valley and Pyrenees in Victoria; and the Upper and Lower Hunter Valleys in New South Wales. Many of the wines from Southeastern Australia are based on Shiraz or Cabernet Sauvignon and various blends including Grenache and Mourvedre. In Western Australia, along the Margaret River, great strides are being made with Pinot Noir as well as Bordeaux-styled reds. There are also many world-class releases of Chardonnay and Sauvignon Blanc from the land Down Under, where Riesling also enjoys international acclaim. While many equate Aussie wines with “value,” there are more than a few extremely rare and pricey options, which never fail to earn the highest ratings from wine publications and critics throughout the world.

South Australia

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Adelaide Hills