2022 William Downie Pinot Noir Gippsland – William Downie established his own label in 2003 after several years living and working in Burgundy. His intention is to produce wines of purity and detail that reflect their place of origin. They are made in the most natural way possible, not pushed or shoved in any direction.
2022 was, for the most part, a very good growing season. With the exception of the higher elevation vineyards, Manilla and Millstream, they didn’t have the excessive rain and poor flowering they have experienced in the previous few vintages. January and February were mild with just enough rain to keep the vines green and lush. As a result they managed to harvest fruit with the highest level of maturity they have seen since 2018. The wines are a little richer and more textured than some of the recent releases. They are quite approachable now but will still benefit from a few more years in the cellar. The are no wines from Manilla and Millstream this year due to the above mentioned poor flowering. They anticipate their return in vintage 2022 but given that uncertainty appears to be the new norm they can only cross our fingers and hope.
The Matthews vineyard was planted on red volcanic soil in 1998 and has always been dry grown. It is a cool, damp site and the vines grow dense, lush canopies. The resulting wine is in deep colour and has aromas of plum, red berries and bush spices. The palate is complex and dense with bitter orange, acacia and white pepper. It is textured, chewy and plump. Drinking well now and over the next decade or so.
Single Price: $70.00
Any Six Bottle Buy: $55.00
Price per case (12 bottles): $660.00