Murdoch Hill Sauvignon Blanc
The organic 2022 vintage is beautifully balanced with ripe tropical and stone fruit aromas. Flavors of ripe guava, mango, and pineapple are accented by hints of lime, lemon, and gooseberries, alongside classic herbal tones. It is fruit-forward yet balanced and complex. Although Sauvignon Blanc is usually light-bodied, the winemakers took 10% of the juice and fermented it with wild yeasts in used French oak barrels for weight and finesse. The rest of this medium-bodied wine was aged in steel tanks.
Murdoch Hill is a family-run winery in Australia’s Adelaide Hills, a region named after the rolling landscape surrounding the city of Adelaide. Michael Downer studied enology (winemaking science) at nearby Adelaide University before working for some of the country’s best winemakers and wineries, like Taras Ochota and Shaw + Smith. He became chief winemaker in 2012 upon his return to the family estate, where they’ve been farming since 1939 and growing grapes since 1998. Downer specializes in cool-climate Pinot Noir and Chardonnay grown at high elevations, but he transfers Burgundian aspirations towards other varieties as well. His techniques are traditional and minimalist, espousing organic farming principles and low intervention in the barrel room.