William Downie Camp Hill Pinot Noir, 2021

 

William Downie Camp Hill Pinot Noir, 2021

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William (Bill) Downie has long been regarded as one of the finer exponents of Pinot Noir in Australia. With a singular focus yet never afraid to question or experiment, Bill has created a label that is all about capturing the expression of time and place.

Having spent time in Burgundy whilst at the helm at De Bortoli and with the legendary Phillip Jones of Bass Phillip before that, Bill has settled in Gippsland, planting out a small vineyard on his home property, Guendulain Farm, as well as managing a number of vineyards in the regions west, Baw Baw Shire.

This is a dry grown vineyard planted in 1998 at 250m elevation. The red volcanic soils have a little more rock than the Bull Swamp site and the wine is finer and more acidic as a result.

On the nose is rosehip, crabapple and bergamot. The palate is balanced and textural with flavours of cherry pit, red currant and shiso leaf. There is a purity here, a fineness that keeps things quite direct and focused with an exceptional length