William Downie Mornington Pinot Noir 2015
Bright and clear ruby red colour in the glass. The wine smells of raspberry, redcurrant, rose petals, poached rhubarb and cinnamon. The palate offers a medley of more red fruit flavours with a good dose of vanilla and subtle hints of earth and oak. Tight and precise, with chewy tannins and a fine texture.
The fruit is carefully selected and hand harvested 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 are on a gentle north-facing slope of red volcanic soil and are planted at a density of 3000 vines/hectare. The fruit is hand sorted and destemmed before fermentation in 5 tonne open wooden fermenters. The wines receive minimal intervention, with no temperature regulation, punch downs or additions made. The wine was pressed after 30 days of maceration and then filled to 30% new french oak for 10 months. Finally, the wine was bottled without fining or filtration.
One of the most highly regarded Australian winemakers, William “Bill” Downie established his own label in 2003 after several years of living and working in Burgundy. He is fanatical about the quality of his fruit and where it comes from, so sources fruit from vineyards that use biodynamic and organic viticultural practices when possible.
“William Downie is so highly regarded in Australian wine circles as a maker of top pinot noir that he is almost synonymous with the variety. De Bortoli’s Steve Webber once described him as the ‘best winemaker in Australia’ and a group of sommeliers have even formed a fan club, Team Downie.” – Jeremy Pringle, Wine Companion.