This wine is named after the railway siding - a local landmark that played a defining role during Coonawarra's early settlement. Completed in 1898, 'The Siding' was responsible for transporting around 600 hogsheads of wine a year to Adelaide.
The Siding delivers varietal and regional character that is approachable on release, yet will still develop with short to medium term cellaring.
- SA - Coonawarra
- South Australia
There is nothing to complain about in this medium-bodied cabernet: the terroir is obvious, the flavours of blackcurrant and mulberry are generous, but not over the top; oak and tannins are all part of the picture, but it's fruit first and foremost. Rating 94 - Drink by 2028, James Halliday, Australian Wine Companion (MAR/2015)
It’s curranty and svelte with more than a lick of both dark olive and peppercorn-like flavour. Varietal, you could say. Modern too, in that the oak is slick and smooth but not heavy or over-bearing. It rollicks along, throwing perfumed violet notes along the way. Acidity is lively without being excessive. I looked at this a couple of times and hovered around the 91-92 mark throughout; given that it will regularly sell for below $20, it represents pretty good value/buying/drinking. Rating 91 - Drink by 2023, Campbell Mattinson, winefront.com.au (MAR/2015).
Winery Tasting Notes
Dark purple core with a bright plum hue.
Engaging notes of ripe cherry and brambles, elevated by savoury lavender and spice.
The palate is youthful and alluring, with a plush texture and bright, dark berry flavours intertwining with cedar and earthy spice notes. The structure is classic Cabernet, with malleable tannins following the contours of the palate creating a seamless profile, balanced with fresh acid.