The best so far!
The 2010 expression of Sidewood's Sauvignon Blanc proved to be the best incarnation so far. Scintillating on the nose, mouth watering when drunk; the 2010 was a smash. Perfect when served chilled, this wine fully represents the excellent talents of Natasha Mooney and the terroir of Sidewood's vines.
A clean crisp entry with excellent backbone and length.
One of the most important stages of making a fantastic Sauvignon Blanc, is ensuring that the fruit is picked from the vineyard at precisely the right moment. Therefore, a lot of time is spent walking up and down the vineyard, checking to see if the flavours are right. Grape flavours change daily in this variety so it is so important to keep a close eye.
When the time is right, the fruit is then picked from the vineyard and sent to the winery for pressing. We get the juice as cold as possible and keep it very protected to prevent oxidation since unlike Chardonnay, this varietal does not lend itself well to being oxidised.
Fermentation is at 15 to 16 deg C and is quick, only two weeks at the most. We then settle the wine and get it ready for bottle as soon as we can to capture the freshness and fruit intensity of the wine.
Bleached straw, hint of blue.
Lime and honey suckle.
Pink grapefruit, mandarin and guava.
Drink with oysters as the wine acidity mixes perfectly with the oyster saltiness and texture. Try Sashimi or fresh sardines on crusty white bread. Or simply nothing, just a cold glass.
With careful cellaring, this wine has the potential for 3 years
Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2010
erobertparker.com – Reviewed by Lisa Perrotti-Brown
The 2010 Sauvignon Blanc has intense aromas of ripe grapefruit, under-ripe pineapple and fresh pear slices with a whiff of chopped herbs. Crisp, dry and light to medium bodied, there’s an excellent concentration of fruit and good balance in the mouth, finishing long with lingering tropical notes. Drinking now, it should remain fresh to 2013. Rating 87
Gooseberry aromas with a savoury edge and good depth of citrus flavours with tropical notes. Rating 3/5 stars
James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2012
Light straw-green; crisp and lively, with a mix of citrus, apple and cut grass aromas, the palate fresh and well-balanced.
Wine Showcase Magazine 2012