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Murdoch Hill Artisan Series Apollo Pinot Noir 2021

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Murdoch Hills vineyard and winery are located behind the township of Oakbank in the beautiful Adelaide Hills. They have been farming there since 1939, with four Generations of family caring for this land. They established their vineyard and started producing wines in 1998.

Over the years, Michael Downer has worked closely with three different vineyards all on Piccadilly’s Western ridge on predominantly east-facing slopes. One vineyard that Downer has been working with since 2016 has consistently stood out. Located just opposite the Mt. Lofty Botanic Gardens, the leaner soil profile and beautiful ripening conditions in 2021 led Downer to bottle the Apollo from this vineyard alone. 

The fruit saw 45% whole-bunch fermentation and was raised in a mixture of French and Austrian demi-muids, puncheons and barriques (roughly 45% new) for up to 10 months. Downer is working with tight grain, low-impact barrels to build texture and structure into the wines. The final bottling is the product of a strict selection process, where Downer searched for wines that had the texture, layers and depth to go with that fragrant, perfumed lift that epitomises the best Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir.

Woody spice, clove and cinnamon spice, pickled cherries and some liquorice notes. Fine, silty tannins in a sheath here too. Savoury as, dusty in a way, autumnal dried leaf and truffley kind of pinot noir. Serious stuff. - Mike Bennie, The Wine Front, 94 Points

The Finer Details
Style - Red Wine
Varietal - Pinot Noir
Country - Australia
Region - Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Vintage - 2021
Bottle Size - 750ml
ABV - 13%