From a cool, dry vintage that is already being hailed in some quarters as on of the best ever in the Adelaide Hills, this vibrant, energetic wine has received the same deluxe treatment from Michael Downer as anything else at Murdoch Hill. The fruit is entirely Estate-grown, taken from three different blocks, over four separate picks. Fermentation was in tank and a combination of barrel (85%) and demi muid (15%), all neutral, older wood to give the wine some texture from lees.
The result is a wine that leaps out of the glass with aromas of blackcurrant leaf, gooseberries and fresh passionfruit (there isn't a hint of tinned anything in sight!) while the balanced palate is simply bursting with flavour and freshness.
The Murdoch Hill property sits on the eastern side of the Adelaide Hills, past the town of Oakbank in the tranquil Onkaparinga Valley. With its mix of livestock and vineyards, the property has been in the hands of the Downer family for 80 years. The winery is a somewhat more recent addition, with Michael’s parents Charlie and Julie planting the first vines in 1998. While originally outsourcing the winemaking duties, that all changed with the return of their youngest son to the family farm.
Murdoch Hill scaled new heights after Michael Downer (the 2017 Young Gun of Wine) returned to his family winery in 2012 and introduced the adventurous small-batch Artisan Series to complement the existing range of estate wines.