Current Vintage: 2019
Vintage may vary during the year. If you are looking for a specific vintage, please get in touch.
Michael Downer's blue-ribbon Pinot is a blend of two Piccadilly vineyards, high up in the Hills. The first site lies outside the town of Piccadilly, below Mount Lofty, and provides Downer with pretty aromatics with a fine delicate line of fruit. The second vineyard, in Uraidla, sits on a steep east-facing slope on rather shallow and hard soils. Naturally yields are very low, providing fruit with structure and persistence. The altitude and aspect of both sites provides the elongated ripening conditions that Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir loves.
From harvest to pre-blending, Downer handles each clone separately. Each batch retains a portion of whole berries, with the cooler 2017 season dictating a more restrained use of whole bunches in 2017 (30%). Again, oak maturation is minimal, with the wine raised in mostly older French oak puncheons for roughly 9-10 months. Bottled without fining or filtration.
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.
"Set your Phaetons to stun! Pretty, floral, just ripe red cherry/berry perfume, flighty and flirty, fresh and just barely-there savoury and herbal. Succulent to taste, brisk and crisp in tannin and acidity, little amaro licks, fine web of tannins. Satiny nature to the wine despite that rub of very good tannin. Drink younger." 93 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front