Current Vintage: 2017
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Sulky is Michael Downer's repost to what he calls Australia's "fixation" with varietal wines. The 2016 blend comprises around 50% Syrah from Oakbank, harvested early, and an equal measure of Lenswood Merlot and Piccadilly Valley Pinot Noir. "With the Sulky, I really wanted to put together something that was soft and juicy, and quite light and vibrant in style," Downer says, and that's exactly what he has delivered.
To realise his goal, a high proportion of whole bunches were retained, macerations were brief, all fermentations were via natural yeast and only old French oak was used.
The wine was also bottled without any fining or filtration. Overall it's a vibrant red-fruited wine, with an underlying savoury quality, that shows bright cherry fruits, spice, and tapering to a fine, refreshing crunchy tannin profile. It's a delicate, yet intriguingly complex and vibrant red that is bound to banish any Sulkiness!
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.