Country: Australia Region: Victoria Vintage: 2015
Category: Red Wine Color: Red
Producer: William Downie
"Bill Downie established his own label in 2003 after several years living and working in Burgundy. He is fanatical about the quality of his fruit and where it comes from, so where possible sources fruit from vineyards that use biodynamic and organic viticultural practices. By taking the best elements from the Burgundian producers he most admires and allying these to a more technocratic Australian approach, Bill has been able to develop his own style, making him one of the most sought after producers of Victorian Pinot Noir.
The Yarra Pinot is carefully selected from vineyards situated in Denton View Hill in Yarra Glen. The soils here are grey clay loam over granite and it is the only vineyard in the Yarra planted on granite. The Gippsland Pinot is made with fruit grown on red soil in a vineyard planted in 1990 with a density of 6,500 vines per hectare. Taste them side by side and marvel at their differences!"
Product Features: Sustainable;Vegetarian
Winemaker: William Downie
The fruit is carefully selected from vineyards situated near Balnaring, on red volcanic soil on the east side of Red Hill. The vineyard is located in the Merricks sub-district of the Mornington Peninsula. The vines face north on a gentle slope of red volcanic soil and are planted at a density of 3000 vines/hectare.
The fruit was hand harvested into 15kg crates and then hand sorted before being fully destemmed. Fermentation took place in wooden open-top fermenters. No temperature control was used and there were no punch downs or pump overs. No additions were made. The wine was pressed after 30 days' maceration and then filled to 30% new French oak for 10 months. The wine was bottled without fining or fltration.
Bright and clear in the glass. The wine smells of raspberry, redcurrant, rose petal, poached rhubarb and cinnamon. The palate has more red fruits as well as blueberry and star anise. It is tight and very precise with chewy tannins and a fine texture.
Food Suggestion: Enjoy simply with a bowl of ripe red fruits to emphasise the wine's aromas, if not with a plate of good Brie, Camembert and Epoisses.
Closure: DIAM Cork ABV:13% Acidity [g/l]: 6.5