Current Vintage: 2018
Vintage may vary during the year. If you are looking for a specific vintage, please get in touch.
The resurgence of the uniquely Australian Pinot Shiraz blend is something that we should all celebrate. It just works. Having burst back onto the scene in the Hunter Valley and Victoria, it's great to see winemakers from other states getting in on the act, especially when those winemakers are Michael Downer and Peter Dredge.
Downer's Falcon features a blend of Estate-grown Syrah from Oakbank (70%) and Pinot Noir from the Piccadilly Valley (30%). Both vineyard sources average 20-plus years in age and both were wild-fermented in small-batch, open fermenters before maturation in barrique and puncheon (8% new).
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.