On a property that has been in the family since 1939, the Murdoch Hill vineyard is situated just outside of Oakbank in the Onkaparinga Hills.
Lifted with lime, white flowers supported with a wet stone and nutty complex character. Citrus, green apple and grapefruit driven on palate with a mineral textural element supported by lively acidity and structure.
A more savoury style in 2017, and some new foudres in the mix of barrels utilised. Murdoch Hill under the guidance of Michael Downer now soaring. If you ever wanted to see a chardonnay with grape flavour and judicious winemaking overlay in the modern, skinnier context, here’s one to roll into. 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. Tasted: Feb 18; Alcohol: 12.5%; Price: $48; Closure: Screwcap; Drink: 2018-2026+; Rated: 94 Points; Mike Bennie; The Wine Front
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. Drink to: 2024; Price: $50.00; Date Tasted: Mar 2018; Alcohol: 12.5%; Rating: 95 Points & Special Value Star; James Halliday Wine Companion
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