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Michael Downer is the embodiment of the young Australian winemaker, boldly taking his family winery into new territory. His latest releases are some of his best to date, rightfully earning him the title of 2017 Young Gun of Wine. This Syrah from their home-owned Oakbank vineyard is one of the wines to get him the gong. It's a wine of detail, it is expressive and evocative. It's classy cool-climate Syrah, the way it's meant to be. Mike Bennie awarded it 93 points and called it a "Distinctive, elegant red of high charisma." This wine combines a great site with thoughtful winemaking; a winning combination and a tantalising example of things to come from this exciting Adelaide Hills operation.
What it Tastes Like
"Beautiful cool climate shiraz (syrah) expression here. Murdoch Hill should firmly be on the radar by now. Pretty red fruited, briary, white pepper and charcuterie scents. Savoury from the get go. Medium weight, slinky textured, rose hip jam meets game meat flavours, pinch of pepper and smudged-slate-like tannins to close. Distinctive, elegant red of high charisma. Almost pinot-like in a way. Just lovely really." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
93 points. "Beautiful cool climate shiraz (syrah) expression here. Murdoch Hill should firmly be on the radar by now. Pretty red fruited, briary, white pepper and charcuterie scents. Savoury from the get go. Medium weight, slinky textured, rose hip jam meets game meat flavours, pinch of pepper and smudged-slate-like tannins to close. Distinctive, elegant red of high charisma. Almost pinot-like in a way. Just lovely really." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)
A vein of ironstone runs through our vineyard producing Syrah of exceptional quality. Landau displays red fruits, a medium-bodied palate with whole bunch influence giving, spice, complexity and structure.
Bottle Size: 750ml
Drink Until: 2024
About the Producer
Murdoch Hill is a family-owned winery captained by talented young winemaker Michael Downer. Downer splits the range in two: his clean-cut, consistently high-quality ‘Estate’ wines are excellent value and perpetually reliable, and his quirky, adventurous ‘Artisan’ wines which offer an alt-styling and different shades of the region. With the combination of high-quality Adelaide Hills fruit grown on the family estate and the undoubted talent in the winery, this is a Hills producer on the up and up!
The Adelaide Hills may be the most energised wine region in the country. The sense of exploration and creativity amongst the tribe of talented young winemakers in this region is unparralelled. The Hills has become crucible of Australian wine talent, offering an array of varieties, from classics such as Shiraz, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay, to new varieties like Nebbiolo and Grüner Veltliner for the younger generation to play with. Every vintage brings new colour and complexity to the rich wine, food and produce culture of this cool climate region.
Long held up to the rest of the world as Australia’s flagship red variety, the mighty Australian Shiraz has undergone something of a renaissance over the past two decades. While our robust styles of Shiraz from powerhouse South Australian regions such as the Barossa Valley and McLaren Vale may have put Australian wine on the map, Shiraz from our cooler regions are giving the variety a new look. Wines from Canberra, all parts of Victoria, the Adelaide Hills, and the Great Southern, are all delivering wines of finesse and spice set to a lighter framework. The tapestry of Australian Shiraz is richly diverse, and will only continue to develop and mature into the future.
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