2017 Murdoch Hill Artisan Series Tilbury Chardonnay

Adelaide Hills, SA

The Chardonnay that took Michael Downer to victory in the 2017 Young Gun of Wine Awards.


Murdoch Hill under the guidance of Michael Downer now soaring.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

Murdoch Hill's 'Artisan' series is where winemaker Michael Downer has spread his wings in the family range.

This 'Tilbury' Chardonnay is never around for long, particularly this year with his taking home the 2017 Young Gun of Wine award. Coming from a single vineyard in the Piccadilly Valley sub-region of the Adelaide Hills, it's whole bunch and whole berry fermented, with older French oak, only partial MLF and loads of 'solids work' giving the wine weight and complexity without ever feeling 'over-worked'.

It received 94 points from Mike Bennie who called it, "Delicious too. Superb stuff."

If you love your premium Hills Chardonnay then this needs to be on your dining table. It's terrific.

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!

Winemaker Michael Downer in his Estate vineyard
Winemaker Michael Downer in his Estate vineyard
Oakbank, SA

Critic Reviews

The Wine Front

"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." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Halliday Wine Companion

"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." - James Halliday (Halliday Wine Companion)

Additional Info

From The Producer

Source: Piccadilly Valley, Lobethal & Kenton Valley

Hand Picked, barrel fermented

Older French Oak.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 12.5%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2026
Bottle Size : 750ml


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