Murdoch Hill | Artisan Series | Sulky Riesling
Current Vintage: 2019
The racy, textural Sulky Blanc has evolved over the years, and 2019 brings us 100% Riesling. Downer half jokes that he made the shift to Riesling to have his own yum cha wine. We like it! A small vineyard grown on ironstone-rich soils in Macclesfield (in the southern parts of the Adelaide Hills) provides the lion's share of the blend. A parcel of fruit is also taken from Lenswood, picked a few weeks later.
Both parcels were wild-fermented in a 1500-litre oval cask and 10-year-old barriques with partial skin contact, before the blend spent two months in barrel on lees, followed by two months in stainless. Downer retained 6g/L residual to balance the wine's crunchy acidity and support its lip-smacking lemon sherbet/melon fruit spectrum. Another terrific wine from this talented maker.
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.