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.
Unusually, this has the darkest colour of the three wines this year. The nose is dense and complex with wild blackberries, raspberry, poached plum and an earthy peat character. It is precise and detailed yet difficult to describe. The palate has lots of pithy tannin and a delicate, textured mid palate. A definitively different wine to our previous Yarra Valley releases. Drink 2015 - 2027
William Downie’s Gippsland Pinot Noir is a beast of its own design. So too is this Yarra Valley release. They’re like brother and sister; as similar and as different as that. There’s almost a plush generosity here, but it’s more characterised by its free-flowing air. It writes its flavours in cursive script, everything joined and running into the next thing, a feeling of movement and speed. Kerouac-ian in that sense. A summer held onto and then released in a burst. Forest berries, dry leaves, a chalkiness, a hint of chicory and woodsmoke. It feels like a wholemeal wine, the flavours transparent, nothing deleted. Rating: 94 Points; Drink: 2016-2023; Price: $70; Date Tasted: April 2016; Closure : Diam; Alcohol: 13%; Campbell Mattinson - The Wine Front
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