Murdoch Hill Chardonnay
Current Vintage: 2018
This wine is Michael Downer's first step on the Chardonnay rung, sourced from premium vineyards in the Lobethal district, Oakbank and the Piccadilly Valley of the Adelaide Hills. Each small parcel is chosen to provide unique, yet complementary, elements with the idea of bottling a sum that is greater than its parts. The fruit was hand-picked then whole-bunch pressed for a natural ferment in a mix of barriques, puncheons and foudre (15% new) and left on lees to mature for 10 months.
In the Adelaide Hills wine region, winemakers make bold decisions to produce unique wines. Just 20 minutes from Adelaide, it's a lush, leafy retreat with more going on than meets the eye.
The landscape here is as diverse as the wines. Roads twist and turn, and steep hills and valleys create different microclimates. it's a region that inspires creativity in its artists, its food producers and its winemakers.
The Adelaide Hills is a relatively young wine region that's playing a vital part in the evolution of Australian wine. it's acclaimed for cool-climate classics like Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay and Pinot Noir, and is pushing the case for alternative varieties.
"Lemon balm, faint saline notes, touches of oatmeal, quite a delicate perfume here though wholly appealing. Zesty and fresh to taste, light creaminess to texture, good length of flavour, layers of spice. Has that light bircher muesli flavour profile, grated apple included, spice, saline notes and strong sense of vibrancy. What a delight!" 93 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front