Murdoch Hill
Pinot Noir 2019
Adelaide Hills, South Australia

$30.00

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Style: Red: Light, fragrant, medium bodied

Producer: Murdoch Hill

Region: Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Grape: Pinot Noir

Vintage: 2019

Soil: Mixed vineyards

Farming: Sustainable

Oak: French oak (15% new)

Alcohol: 13%

Glassware: Burgundy Stem

Decant: Not required

Serving Temperature: 14 – 16°C

The Wine: The MH’s Pinot Noir is predominantly sourced from 20-plus-year-old vines in the Piccadilly Valley with a small and similarly aged parcel from Woodside. Twenty-five per cent whole bunches were included in the wild ferments–all of which took place in small-batch, open fermenters–before maturation in French oak barriques, puncheons and foudre (15% new) for 10 months.

Super alluring in style with fragrance, spice and a wonderful silky texture. It is all red fruits, that are perfectly ripe. A little smokey element on the palate with lots of savoury complexity adding detail. Delicious!

Sebastian Crowther MS

Producer Profile

Adelaide Hills is buzzing with change and innovation and Murdoch Hill is a producer that is now at the forefront of this action. It’s worth pointing out that Murdoch Hills is not a new player in the Australian wine scene - the Estate vineyards were planted by the Downer family in 1998. But it has been the return of the family’s youngest member, Michael Downer, to take over the winemaking duties in 2012, that has created the excitement here. Pumped from stages at Vietti (Piedmont), Best's Great Western and Shaw+Smith, Downer has wasted little time in applying his experience and passion to his family vineyard practices and winemaking. The most obvious changes he has implemented have been bringing the winemaking in house (it was previously outsourced to a neighbouring winery) and the creation of the Artisan range of single-parcel, minimal intervention bottlings. Tapping into the freshness gifted by his high-altitude vines, while keeping winemaking artefact to a minimum, Downer’s approach has led to a range of juicy, vibrant wines that highlight the detail and freshness of each site. We are not the only ones who have been following this young winemaker’s progress with interest - Downer was a Young Guns of Wine finalist in 2014 and the joint winner of the ‘Winemaker’s Choice’ in 2015. His wines have also been getting great reviews and a number of gongs in recent times (including two wines in the top ten at the Adelaide Review Hot 100 last year).

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Review

Style: Red: Light, fragrant, medium bodied

Producer: Murdoch Hill

Region: Adelaide Hills, South Australia

Grape: Pinot Noir

Vintage: 2019

Soil: Mixed vineyards

Farming: Sustainable

Oak: French oak (15% new)

Alcohol: 13%

Glassware: Burgundy Stem

Decant: Not required

Serving Temperature: 14 – 16°C

The Wine: The MH’s Pinot Noir is predominantly sourced from 20-plus-year-old vines in the Piccadilly Valley with a small and similarly aged parcel from Woodside. Twenty-five per cent whole bunches were included in the wild ferments–all of which took place in small-batch, open fermenters–before maturation in French oak barriques, puncheons and foudre (15% new) for 10 months.

Super alluring in style with fragrance, spice and a wonderful silky texture. It is all red fruits, that are perfectly ripe. A little smokey element on the palate with lots of savoury complexity adding detail. Delicious!

Sebastian Crowther MS