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2017 Murdoch Hill Artisan Tilbury Chardonnay

2017 Murdoch Hill Artisan Tilbury Chardonnay

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Adelaide Hills
2017
750ml
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$42.99
Adelaide Hills
2017
750ml
  • THE BRIEF
  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • WHO MADE IT?
  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • THE BRIEF
  • Murdoch Hill's vineyards are located behind the township of Oakbank in the beautiful Adelaide Hills. Producing excellent Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. There has been a lot of blood sweat and tears along the way. Now, with 20 vintages under their belts the results speak for themselves. Winemaker Michael Downer was awarded Young Gun of Wine, 2017.

  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • From a selection of vineyards, predominately from a high altitude vineyard in the Piccadilly Valley the remaining fruit is sourced from the Lobethal districts. These are mature vines with a mix of clones, Bernard C76, C95 & C96 with I10VI, G9V7 and Mendoza clones. The elevation (450-550m) in this cool climate coupled with a range of aspects provides naturally high acidity with depth of fruit to produce a refined elegant style of Chardonnay.

    The hand picked grapes were part whole berry & whole bunch pressed, due to the natural balance of the fruit no acidification was required before fermentation in older French oak. Partial malolactic fermentation was allowed with a touch of lees stirring to add complexity and depth whilst being carful to keep the wine focused to display the unique qualities of the vineyard.

    WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    A cool growing season made for an outstanding example of Adelaide hills cool-climate Chardonnay, displaying subtle citrus and perfumed floral notes. The wine's slatey mineral backbone and bright juicy grapefruit palette is driven to textural savoury characters from subtle refined oak influence.

  • WHO MADE IT?
  • Adelaide Hills is buzzing with change and innovation and Murdoch Hill is a producer that is now at the forefront of this action. It’s worth pointing out that Murdoch Hills is not a new player in the Australian wine scene - the Estate vineyards were planted by the Downer family in 1998. But it has been the return of the family’s youngest member, Michael Downer, to take over the winemaking duties in 2012, that has created the excitement here. Pumped from stages at Vietti (Piedmont), Best's Great Western and Shaw+Smith, Downer has wasted little time in applying his experience and passion to his family vineyard practices and winemaking. The most obvious changes he has implemented have been bringing the winemaking in house (it was previously outsourced to a neighbouring winery) and the creation of the Artisan range of single-parcel, minimal intervention bottlings. Tapping into the freshness gifted by his high-altitude vines, while keeping winemaking artefact to a minimum, Downer’s approach has led to a range of juicy, vibrant wines that highlight the detail and freshness of each site. We are not the only ones who have been following this young winemaker’s progress with interest - Downer was a Young Guns of Wine finalist in 2014 and the joint winner of the ‘Winemaker’s Choice’ in 2015. His wines have also been getting great reviews and a number of gongs in recent times (including two wines in the top ten at the Adelaide Review Hot 100 last year). The winemaking specs include wild yeast ferments, various degrees of whole bunch, extended skin contact and more and more older wood in the aging. Bottling is without any fining or filtration. In terms of the vineyards, the original 1998 Estate plantings are situated around the winery, nestled in the undulating hills of Oakbank. The shallow red loam soils here are shot through with varying levels of schist and ironstone. Varieties include Sauvignon Blanc, Chardonnay, Shiraz and Cabernet Sauvignon. In addition to the home vineyards, Downer also works with a range of nearby sites in Lobethal and Basket Range and the high altitude Uraidla vineyard in the Piccadilly Valley. These sources offer Downer a broad range of flavours, structures and textures with which to do his thing.

  • EXPERT REVIEWS
  • 95 POINTS

    JAMES HALLIDAY - HALLIDAY'S WINE COMPANION


    Clones 76 and 95, whole-berry pressed, 20% new French barriques, 40% new 1500l foudre. There are substantial barrel ferment oak inputs here that work well to invest the wine with flavour structure.

    94 POINTS

    MIKE BENNIE - THE WINE FRONT


    Spice, nougat, whiff of sea spray, lemon and green apple – a good start right here. Poise and precision, rush of flinty mineral charm, lean grapefruity tang, so much going on in such a compact whoosh of chardonnay. There’s inherent grape character interred in layers of spice, light saline character and a kiss of sweet oak spice. Just so. Delicious too. Superb stuff.