Since we’ve just made our donation to the Adelaide Hills for the bush fire appeal, we thought it apt to stay there and offer some wines from one of our favourite small producers of the exciting, cool climate region.
You may remember about 12 months ago we offered a wine from Murdoch Hill, an exciting winery by the Downer brothers with Michael Downer at the helm as winemaker. That wine was the Landau Syrah which subsequently went on to win the Adelaide Hills Wine Show best red wine. In fact, Murdoch Hill swept that wine show, taking out best red, best white and best wine of show, in what was a coming of age for the winery, after Michael had taken out young winemaker of the year in 2017. You can read more here.
This week, with the heavy weight of an endless lockdown feeling more present than ever, we are offering a light-hearted, light bodied (and light on the hip pocket), Pinot Noir from this great up and coming producer. The wine is the 2019 Pinot Noir from the estate range, dialling in at an easy $26 per bottle and overdelivering on every level. The 2019 vintage in the Adelaide Hills is characterised by low yields and punchy flavours, and across some of the better Pinot Noir producers in the region, it has been a success. The wine has loads of Pinot fragrance, with florals and spice, impressive suppleness and grip in the mid palate, with a long and silky flow on the palate.
It is sourced from the Piccadilly Valley sub region, the coolest part of The Hills, and this ensures a crunchy, fresh, red fruit profile. There is some whole bunch which delivers the spice and perfume, and the wine sees only French oak of varying sizes. It has reviewed well across the board with 94 James Suckling, 93 James Halliday and 92 Wine Front showing the consistency and appeal.
Notes from Suckling are more to the point…. “"Just delicious pinot here with such freshness and silky, alluring style. Aromas of light, bright red cherries, nicely played oak spice and youthful, sappy and reductive complexity. The palate is so, so juicy. Really mouth-filling flavors of ripe cherries and red plums are unleashed in smooth style.”
We’d suggest drinking this over the next 24 months. Fresh foods are the call here, such as simple light meats, salmon or trout on the barbecue. If you are interested in adding some more wines from Murdoch Hill, we can also source the Chardonnay and Syrah (Shiraz) and offer for the same price. These are very effortless and easy wines to have on hand during the spring and summer.
Cheers and take care,
Tom and Dan