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2019 Murdoch Hill The Rocket Chardonnay

Adelaide Hills, SA

Michael Downer's highly-rated and extremely limited flagship Chardonnay. Just one barrel made.

HIGH SCORE

$85.00

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About

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 third 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 2019 vintage in the Adelaide Hills.

James Suckling & Nick Stock awarded it 97 points, Mike Bennie dubbed it "A seriously fine and fancy chardonnay..." 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
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 : 13.5%
Closure : Screw Cap
Drink Until : 2030
Bottle Size : 750ml

Expert Reviews

Critic Reviews

97Points
James Suckling

"The 2019 Rocket is a powerful, intense expression of complex Adelaide Hills chardonnay that offers fresh-lemon, grapefruit, white-peach, grilled-hazelnut and flinty, pithy aromatic attack. The palate has mouthwatering, rich white and yellow peaches that build and launch in a torrent of concentrated, fresh flavor that is powered by very long, focused acidity. Thrilling chardonnay. Drink or hold. Screw cap." - Nick Stock (JamesSuckling.com)

95Points
The Wine Front

"Tight and racy, lightly floral, faintly flinty, dashed with citrus and green apple, tense texture, lightly powdery finish and a whoosh of liquid minerality that feels somewhere between ultra fine mineral water and pulverised rocks. So much architecture in its sleek space. Makes the mouth-water instantly. Greyhound-like. A seriously fine and fancy chardonnay here. It’s refreshing, delicious and something to admire greatly." - Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

97Points
Halliday Wine Companion

"A cull of the best barrels, the fruit hailing from two propitious sites in the Piccadilly Valley and lower, at Lobethal. Fermented wild in tight-grained French barriques and puncheons for 10 months (50% new). Malolactic (75%) serviced a softening while imbuing poise. Judging by this, all chardonnay makers should use this ilk of wood from whatever coopers it came from. This is sexy wine. Impeccable. Subdued, yet searing of the sort of intensity of flavour that augurs for the brightest of futures. Writing of fruit references here is pointless. This wine is about texture, indelibly imprinted with a sense of place and the finest craftsmanship. Deservedly at the top of the tier." - Ned Goodwin MW

Delivery

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