Current Vintage: 2020
Vintage may vary during the year. If you are looking for a specific vintage, please get in touch.
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.
The Adelaide Hills are certainly alive - perhaps not with the sound of music - but rather, vast quantities of unique wines that circulate through the region's pristine body. This region is still a new kid on the Australian wine block - but is producing finessed cool climate classics such as Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir. Hipster’s will be happy in the Adelaide Hills too, with the region being home to a plethora of alternative varietals such as Blaufrankisch and Gruner Veltliner.
The Hills are chock full of cellar doors serving up the best of the region's food and wine output. The cooler climate that comes with altitude serves as an important point of difference from the warmer regions in Adelaide - tarty and acidic wines dominate over the more ripe fruit that can be found elsewhere in the State of Adelaide.
"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