Sidewood Sparkling Wine MV
Pinot Noir-Chardonnay｜Adelaide Hills, Australia
The Sidewood estate's devotion to sustainability is far more than just lip service – the underlying ecosystem and its biodiversity are considered every step of the way. In conjunction with the Australian Wine Institute, they are "Entwine" certified, one of Australia's most forward-thinking food and wine sustainability certifications. This accreditation is based on measurements of sustainable practices in the vineyard and in the winery as set out by the Australian Wine Research Institute. Sustainability in the Australian wine industry is measured scientifically – far more than just a catch phrase.
Practices include grazing sheep, obviating the need for weedkillers; advanced irrigation and water reclamation; insect biodiversity instead of pesticides; and organic treatments and soil preparations. In fact, this so-called "sustainable" estate goes far further than some informal organic estates elsewhere!
Approximately 60/40% Chardonnay & Pinot Noir, the wine shows beautifully layered notes of golden raisin, cashew butter, honeysuckle, ripe Asian pear, and hints of red fruits from the Pinot. The finish is dry, but there is no doubt that it's a richer, plush style, a full-bodied expression of the Adelaide Hills.
The Adelaide Hills is one of the oldest wine growing areas in Australia, with much of it dating to the 1800s and its very first settlers. As you probably recall, the wildfires of 2019 ravaged most of this region, destroying over 1,110 hectares of vines – nearly one-third of the land under vine. Support for small estates such as this helps put the region on track for regrowth.
Drop-dead gorgeous and easily one of the best price-to-quality values for sparkling wine I've seen in some time!