2020 Murdoch Hill Artisan Series Apollo Pinot Noir

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Sexy new Pinot Noir release from Murdoch Hill, precise and pure.

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The Apollo Pinot Noir joins The Rocket Chardonnay in the firmament of prestige Murdoch Hill releases.

The fruit comes from three vineyards in the cool climes of the Piccadilly Valley, and is made with a healthy amount of whole bunches. Some high end oak maturation helps add structure and complexity.

It's a beautiful pale colour with floral aromas of rosehip and kitchen herbs. Lively and tangy, linear but sinewy, only mid-weight but carrying a good deal of future power. A refined delight.

100% Piccadilly Pinot Noir, handpicked, 40% whole Bunch, wild-yeast fermentation, 60% new oak with 10 months maturation in a mixture of Austrian and French oak. Only 100 Dozen made

92 Points - "Winemaker Michael Downer has his eye in with his vineyard sources in the Adelaide Hills and this, Apollo, joins Rocket in the 'Galactic Series'. This comes from three vineyards, sees 40% whole bunch wild ferment, hangs out in three varying sizes of barrel.Big spice perfume, red cherry, some green herbal notes, white pepper. Pretty perfume. Savoury and sweet at once. Palate is bright, quite compact, fresh and lively, lifts on stemmy-herbal-peppery characters and feels flooded with spice of all kinds. Quite lightweight in depth, but great drinkability and a lot of charm." Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

98 Points - "The first Murdoch Hill pinot noir from this new mantle; a combination of two vineyards, delivering pristine red cherry, raspberry and strawberry nose. The palate has piercingly intense cherry fruit flavour framed in fine, long tannin. 100 dozen made. Screw cap." - Gourmet Wine Traveller (Top New Release Australian Reds, June/ July 21)

95 Points - "A best fruit and best barrel selection from the Piccadilly Valley pinot program. Wild fermentation, averaging 40% whole bunches and heading up to 60% new oak in a mix of larger oak vessels. Fragrant and lifted to begin, crimson fruits and foresty, sappy underlines, elegant flow across the palate with a delicate earthy, woody spice. Nothing extravagant, nothing out of place either. Serene." - Tony Love (Halliday Wine Companion)

98 Points - "A new top-tier pinot from Murdoch Hill to sit alongside the Rocket chardonnay. This has a very pure red-cherry and raspberry nose with striking fragrance. Very focused palate with filigree tannins and vivid acidity. Superior concentration and elegance. Drink or hold. Screw cap." - Nick Stock (James Suckling)

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!

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