Murdoch Hill Red Blend

$30.00

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Vintage: 2018
Region: Adelaide Hills, Australia
Viticulture: Organic
Grape varieties: Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Tannat, and Shiraz

Murdoch Hill Red Blend delivers all the pleasure and versatility you could want in an early-drinking Bordeaux blend. Red-fruited, easy, and complex.

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About Murdoch Hill Red Blend

Murdoch Hill Red Blend delivers all the pleasure and versatility you could want in an early-drinking Bordeaux blend. Red fruited, with flavors of quandong (a red native peach), red currant, and plum. The savory notes of green bell pepper and strawberry acacia are persistent and playful. Easy but complex.

About Murdoch Hill

The Downer family has been farming the fertile soils of the Onkaparinga Valley since 1939. During this time, there have been many cattle grazing, hens laying, potatoes grown, and flowers picked, but in 1998 the family transitioned into grape-growing and hasn’t looked back.

The estate vineyard is located behind the township of Oakbank in the eastern Adelaide Hills. 20 hectares of sandy loam with influences of schist, shale rock-formations, pockets of sandstone, and veins of quartz and ironstone, combined with an altitude of over 1100 feet, make for a great home for cool climate varieties: sauvignon blanc, pinot noir, chardonnay, pinot meunier, cabernet sauvignon, and syrah all grow happily – and organically – here.

Michael Downer, the youngest of his generation, studied winemaking at school. After getting a degree in enology, Michael worked with Shaw + Smith (Adelaide Hills), Vietti (Barolo), and Best’s Great Western (Grampians) before joining the family winery in 2012. Michael is credited with the renaissance of Murdoch Hill, transforming the estate from a venerable wine grower to the producer of some of the most esteemed wines in the region.

He’s brought the winemaking in-house (previously done by a neighboring winery) and created a range of single-site, minimal intervention bottlings. He has also introduced into their winemaking native yeast and whole bunch ferments, extended skin macerations, old oak aging, and has eschewed fining and filtration.

The Australian wine industry has taken note: Downer was a Young Gun of Wine finalist in 2014, the winner of the “Winemaker’s Choice” award in 2015 and 2016, and finally taken home the top prize in 2017. He’s received multiple accolades in local media, including several wines in the top ten of the Adelaide Review “Hot 100”.

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