Murdoch Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2020
Adelaide Hills, South Australia
Murdoch Hill has been in the Downer family since 1939 but vines were first planted here only in 1998. The farm is on the eastern side of the Adelaide Hills in the Onkaparinga Valley, with 21 hectares of vineyard on shallow red loam soils packed with schist and limestone and up to 516 metres above sea level. Since taking over the winemaking reins in 2012, Michael Downer has taken the farm’s wines to similar heights.
The 2020 Sauvignon Blanc comes from an estate vineyard near Oakbank in an undulating valley 420 metres above sea level. The vines are planted to a range of aspects, southerly, easterly and northerly, on a variety of soils though predominantly sandy loam over clay with some ironstone, quartz and schist.
The grapes are hand picked in whole bunches before crushing, chilling and gentle pressing. Fermentation in stainless steel tanks for the most part, but roughly a third is naturally fermented in old barriques to add texture and structure. It's a vibrant pale Sauvignon Blanc with stone and tropical fruits on the nose. It carriers the Adelaide Hills' signature style, a clean, crisp palate of gooseberries and citrus fruits and a minerally fresh finish.