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2017 Murdoch Hill The Rocket Chardonnay

Adelaide Hills, SA

Michael Downer's finest Chardonnay release to date! Extremely limited quantity available. Get in quick!

$85.00

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Magnificent, leaner, serious expression.

Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

About The Wine

"The ferment took off like a Rocket," says Michael Downer, "One foudre (large format barrel) just went wild so we've bottled it seperetley this year."

This is the first release of this blistering, laser-focused Chardonnay from Murdoch Hill. It's tightly coiled - the pick of the best fruit from the Tilbury Chardonnay from the superb 2017 vintage in the Adelaide Hills. 

Mike Bennie likened it to "supremely tightly wound Chablis." in his rave 95+ point review. As mentioned, only 1 barrel was bottled, and the release is extremely limited.

This arguably the most exciting wine to come out of this on-fire producer to date. 

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
Reviews

Critic Reviews

95Points
The Wine Front

"New release/first release here. Some of the foudres used for Tilbury were isolated for their interest and personality. The 2017 vintage particularly strong for MH, particularly in chardonnay. The timing was right, reveals winemaker Michael Downer. This wine is to be set free from the winery in April 2018. Reminiscent of Syberia from Hoddles Creek, or supremely tightly wound Chablis. Powerful yet quiet chardonnay of full character yet exceptional control. Serious pulse of tingly, slatey, flinty mineral character with lively citrus and green apple notes. Incredibly intense yet so delicious, racing across the palate with velocity. Should last a generation too. Magnificent, leaner, serious expression." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Additional Info

From The Producer

Sourced from the best selection of vineyards in the Piccadilly Valley and Lobethal districts.

A driven elegant wine, showing white flowers, complex citrus characters and a precise fine mineral finish.

Blend : Chardonnay (100%)
ABV : 13.0%
Closure : Screw cap
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

Delivery Information

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NSW REGIONAL / BRISBANE & SUNSHINE COAST / MELBOURNE - 19th December
ADELAIDE / VIC REGIONAL - 18th December
TAS / SA / QLD / PERTH - 17th December

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  ORDERS OVER $999 GET A $100 DISCOUNT

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