Murdoch Hill | Artisan Series | Surrey Pinot Meuinier
Current Vintage: 2019
2019's Surrey is drawn from a small single vineyard in the Piccadilly Valley, an elevated (550 metres) northwest-facing parcel that is home to 20-plus-year-old vines. A dry, warm growing season resulted in an early harvest and concentrated fruit. This was wild-fermented in small-batch, open fermenters with 40% whole bunches. Maturation took place in barriques and puncheons (20% new Stockinger oak) for six months. In the right hands Meunier's stock continues to rise in Australia, and this is a great example of why. It's a wonderfully elegant and savoury red, with a juicy, cherry, plum and sappy-noted palate and a vibrant and mouth-watering close.
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.
"Very attractive, fresh-strawberry aromas here with a sappy, herbal and light peppery edge, as well as fresh red cherries. The palate has a sleek, juicy feel with smooth, creamy texture and plush, supple strawberries, laced with biscuit spices. So lively. Drink now. Screw cap." 94 points, Jamessuckling.com