Sidewood Estate Cassandra Blanc de Blancs 2015
- Rich, complex
- Adelaide Hills
Sidewood Estate are tucked in a beautiful corner of the Adelaide Hills with vineyards in Oakbank and their spectacular new cellar door in Hahndorf. They are industry leaders in a variety of areas including sustainability and pinot clones, but it’s their sparkling program that has really captured our attention. They have five sparkling wines in their range, all made with the utmost attention to detail. This is Cassandra, their flagship fizz - 100% chardonnay from their famed Mappinga Road vineyard.
Sparkling winemaking is very technical art, which as this wine shows, they have completely mastered. The acid is high and persistent, nestled in leesy notes, from one year of work in barrel and then a further few of years in bottle. This particular release has had a staggering 57 months on lees (total) and is a harmonious balance of stone fruit, fig and brioche on one hand, and citrus pith and minerality on the other. The balance of richness and drive (and deliciousness) has captivated us, and we think it may captivate you too.
“Light to medium yellow hue, with a bouquet that combines pineapple, nougat and quince. Understated oak, white chocolate, and pastry shop nuances. A complex wine. It's quite rich and long in the mouth, soft and dry, thanks to low dosage. Lovely acidity. Oak shows but it's subtle. Very good tension, drive and length. (Oakbank, 380m altitude. 100% old French oak. 95% in oak for 9 months. Full malolactic. 42 months on lees. 1.5 grams/litre dosage).”
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- Adelaide Hills
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- 100% Chardonnay
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Don't kid yourselves, the Adelaide Hills are bigger and much more diverse than they seem. It stretches over 80km from the Barossa Valley in the North to McLaren Vale in the South. The area is so variable that small pockets such as Piccadilly and Longwood can only ripen marginal such as Chardonnay or Pinot Noir, whereas other specific areas are perfect for peppery Shiraz and ballsy Cabernet. A healthy mix of experienced hands and young hipsters ensure the region stays at the cutting edge of the industry. Natural wines, and new European varieties including Nebbiolo and Gruner Veltliner are some of the more recent highlights to keep an eye out for.