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2020 Murdoch Hill Artisan Series Apollo Pinot Noir, Adelaide Hills

A$79.55
Availability: In stock
SKU
B19383V20
98
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. 
 
98 points Nick Stock jamessuckling.com
Michael Downer has been making Pinot Noir in the Piccadilly Valley since 2013, working with "...a bunch of different growers, all with different aspects, clones, soil types and climates".  And, while a super-premium Pinot to join the Galactic series has been in the pipeline for a few years, it wasn't until 2020 that Downer was provided with the perfect storm. 
 
Downer has worked closely with three different vineyards all on the Western ridge on predominantly east-facing slopes. One vineyard that Downer has been taking fruit from since 2016 has consistently stood out. 85% of The Apollo 2020 comes from this site, located in Piccadilly just opposite the Mt Lofty Botanic Garden. The understudy source is in Ashton, and contributes more underfloor, forest notes to offset the Piccadilly vineyard's red-fruited intensity. 
 
The fruit saw 40% whole-bunch fermentation, and was raised in one puncheon, one Stockinger 600 litre demi-muid and one Chassin barrique for up to 10 months. The final bottling is the product of strict selection, where Downer searched for wines that had the texture, layers and depth to go with that fragrant, perfumed lift that epitomises the best Adelaide Hills Pinot Noir. Only 100 dozen were made.
 
It's a beautifully perfumed Pinot, with scents of wild strawberries and just a little morello cherry, together with some Asian spices and a little complexing charcuterie. The whole bunches are barely perceptible, telling us how immaculate the fruit was. This supremely elegant, layered yet intense wine finishes with superb fine tannins on a lovely, long finish. A fabulous new entry into the pantheon of great Australian Pinot, and new star in the Adelaide Hills firmament.

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Product/Service Sold Out No
En Primeur No
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Wine Type Red Wine
Wine Style Minimal Intervention/Natural
Country Australia
Region Adelaide Hills
Varietals Pinot Noir
Vintage 2020
Bottle Size 750ml
Wine Points 98
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