2016 Murdoch Hill The Phaeton Pinot Noir

Adelaide Hills, SA

Michael's flagship Pinot and a leading example of the variety from the Hills.



About The Wine

This is the top Pinot Noir in the Murdoch Hill range.

A single vineyard offering from Uraidla in SA, this was fermented as 50% whole bunches - young gun winemaker Michael Downer drawing more smoky/spicy complexity from the fruit with the higher whole-bunch inclusion on this wine.

With 95 points from James Halliday and 93 points from Mike Bennie, this is a wonderfully youthful example of the very high quality coming out of the Murdoch Hill cellar at the moment. 

About Murdoch Hill

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!

A smiling Michael Downer in the family vineyard
A smiling Michael Downer in the family vineyard
Oakbank, SA

Critic Reviews

Halliday Wine Companion

"Clones 114, 115 and MV6, wild-fermented, 40% whole bunches, matured in French oak (13% new). As with all the Murdoch Hill Pinots, the colour is super-bright and clear, getting them off to a flying start. A spicy, slightly savoury bouquet introduces a focused, linear wine that has great integrity and a lengthy, brambly finish." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

The Wine Front

"Winemaker Michael Downer is doing the Downer family proud, and accelerating his name through the ranks. Winner of Young Guns Of Wine 2016 too, if that’s a yardstick (and it is a pretty rigorously, and thoughtfully, judged competition). Anyways, this pinot comes from Piccadilly Valley, and is produced with that punchy phrase – minimal intervention. A very fine boned wine that feels very pretty and a pitch perfect, cool climate expression of pinot noir. Scents of rose petal, red cherry, kirsch. The palate a calm, gentle pool of cranberry-pomegranate juice, just kissed by savouriness in a lick of game meat and whatever forest floor means to you. Finishes softly with a lick of sour cherry, spice and walnut-like savouriness. Fine wine this." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Additional Info

From The Producer

Source: Uraidla Altitude: 540m
50% Whole bunch, Wild Ferment
Clones: 114,115 &MV6, Unfiltered

Blend : Pinot Noir (100%)
ABV : 13.5%
Closure : DIAM Cork
Drink Until : 2027
Bottle Size : 750ml


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