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2021 William Downie Bull Swamp Pinot Noir

Gippsland, VIC

An old-vine Pinot Noir with structure and poise from the wonderful William Downie

$80.00

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Categories: William Downie
About

About the Wine

Seeing the differences between a winemaker's wines made from the same grape but from different vineyards is always fascinating; the Bull Swamp vineyard is significantly older than the Camp Hill site (1981 vs 1998), producing berries with more complex aromas and flavours across the black, blue and red fruit spectrum, as well as some savouriness and spice.

All up, the 2021 William Downie Bull Swamp Pinot Noir is a rich and well-structured wine showing the beauty of the site and the skilled hand of the winemaker. Part of the complexity of the wine comes from not only the age of the vines, but also the varied aspects, some facing north, others south, as well as the clones (MV6 and Abel).

About William Downie

After living and working in Burgundy for several years, it's probably no surprise that winemaker William Downie sought a patch of his own to grow and make Pinot Noir. Having originally purchased fruit from other growers to make his wines, he now leases five vineyards in the Baw Baw Shire in Gippsland with fellow winemaker Patrick Sullivan.

With his thick and bushy beard, he almost looks like the reincarnation of Ned Kelly, yet his intentions are noble: to create lo-fi wines that are hi-fi in taste, purity, and with a solid sense of place. If wine wasn't enough, his farm, Guendulain, produces pork, lamb, beef and poultry, and also has an orchard, vegetable garden and vineyard.

Winemaker William Downie
Winemaker William Downie
Photo Credit: Young Gun of Wine
Additional Info

From the Producer

This dry grown vineyard was planted in 1981 on old, red volcanic soils at 150m elevation. There are four separate parcels of Pinot Noir, two north facing blocks of MV6 and another of Abel, as well as a more sheltered south facing block of MV6. The nose is earthy and dense with blackcurrant, blueberry and cherry fruit aromas. The palate shows more berry fruits as well as struck match, rusted iron, wood spice and pomegranate molasses.

Blend : Pinot Noir (100%)
ABV : 13.50%
Closure : Cork
Drink Until : 2035
Bottle Size : 750ml

Bill the winemaker and Archie the horse among the vines
Bill the winemaker and Archie the horse among the vines
Gippsland, VIC
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