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2018 Murdoch Hill Ridley Pinot X Three

2018 Murdoch Hill Ridley Pinot X Three

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$191.94 (Case 6 x 750ml)

Adelaide Hills
2018
750ml
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$191.94
Adelaide Hills
2018
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 Ridley Pinot x Three is a blend made in heaven - Pinot Noir, Meunier and Gris. This wine gives bright red fruits, delicate up front fruit profile with exotic spices, vibrant acid and fine whole bunch tannin.

  • THE FINER DETAILS
  • A blend of 60% Pinot Noir 30% Pinot Meunier from a from a very cool South facing vineyard in the higher parts of the Piccadilly Valley, producing grapes with high natural acid and exotic spices. 10% Pinot Gris from a small Lenswood vineyard. Three grapes were fermented separately using a high proportion of whole bunches, spontaneous fermentation and a gentle extraction to produce a delicate style of wine. Each parcel matured in natural French barriques for 5 months before bottling with no fining or filtration.

    WHAT SHOULD YOU EXPECT?


    The Pinot Meunier gives bright red fruits with a generous up front fruit profile, the Pinot Noir provides exotic spices and a fine acid line with stalky firm tannins. While the Pinot Gris gives aromatic lift and texture to the wine.

  • 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
  • 93 POINTS

    MIKE BENNIE - THE WINE FRONT


    Supple and succulent red of cherry-raspberry fruit characters, slick of earthy spice, herbal detail, fine-powdery tannins and a brisk undertow of cool acidity. Feels shy of medium weight but full of character, shapely, you’d say elegant but there’s a wild side to scent and flavour. Really cool drinking.