William Downie established his own label in 2003 after several years living and working in Burgundy. His intention is to produce wines of purity and detail that reflect their place of origin. They are made in the most natural way possible, not pushed or shoved in any direction. They are not added to or subtracted from.
Perhaps the most lifted and aromatic wine from the 2015 vintage. It shows blackberry, blackcurrant, violets, damp red earth and wood spice on the nose. The palate has more black fruit as well as spice and some herbal undergrowth. The wine is textured and long with noticeable, chewy tannin. Classic South Gippsland! Drink 2015 - 2025
Bill Downie’s Gippsland release is a walk on the wild side. It smells of spring flowers, so pungent they almost smell disturbing. Indeed, let’s not mince words, the nose almost smells sexual. The palate is a different dimension entirely: it’s searingly fresh, cranberried, boysenberried, splashed with beet and rooted with twigs. It’s dry, spicy and seriously firm; it has the intensity of a prosector’s question; it’s a wine of such presence it almost makes you squirm, or fidget. This is the kind of wine JRR Tolkien might have made; it’s an underworld unto itself, simultaneously sordid and soiled and turned brilliantly fresh. The healthiest, most rotten soils often smell sweet and enticing; such is the field this wine hoes. Rating: 95 Points; Drink: 2018-2026; Price: $70; Date Tasted: April 2016; Closure: Diam; Alcohol: 13%; Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front
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