Murdoch Hill Pinot Noir 2023


Following four finals appearances, two Winemakers’ Choice awards, and winning the top prize, it seems Michael Downer may be one of the most lauded producers by the Young Gun of Wine Awards
Downer believes one of the most exciting things about vintage 2021 was the quality of the Pinot Noir, a reflection borne out in this deliciously pure release. From vines with an average age of 20-plus years, the fruit selection here can change from year to year, yet the quality never wavers. The 2021 was predominantly sourced from the Piccadilly Valley. Fermentation was in small batches in open fermenters and a touch less whole-bunch was included this year (25%). Maturation took place in both puncheons and barriques for 10 months (approximately 15% new).

Despite possessing plenty of depth and structure, this is classically fragrant, pretty and elegant, with lots of energy and sap weaving through graceful red fruit. Expect vibrant primary fruit, buoyant acidity and background tannins holding everything together--there's something so joyful here, yet there's also more than enough for the Pinot cognoscenti. The value is hard to beat.

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