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  • A lovely, fruity, young wine
  • Will develop nicely over the next few years
  • 94 points, "There’s almost a plush generosity here" Campbell Mattinson

Tasting Notes

Colour Ruby-Red
Nose A classic nose of red fruits but with some added floral and spice notes.
Palate Flavours of Forrest berries, earth and a hint of smokey wood. Richly textured, long and fine.
Food Pairing Steamed Murray cod, pink onions and caper water.
Cellaring 10-15 Years
Notes Over the next few years this wine will develop the secondary characteristics typical of this variety.
Variety Pinot Noir
Body Medium Bodied
Oak Type French Oak
Vintage 2015
Region Yarra Valley
Country Australia
Sustainability None
Alcohol 13.0%
Bottle Size 750ml (Bottle)
Closure Diam
William Downie
William Downie brings the soul of Burgundy to the wine regions of Victoria with his exquisite collection of Pinot Noir. After years spent living and working among the vineyards of Burgundy, William returned to Australia where he joined Steve Webber at De Bortoli’s Yarra Valley winery, earning a reputation, according to Steve, as the best winemaker in Australia. His affinity with Pinot Noir gained momentum during this time and in 2003 William launched his own label, William Downie Wines.

Driven by a passion for the intricacies of terroir, William Downie’s wines provide a stage for regionality to shine. Each of his Pinot Noirs is an expression of the region it hails from, with the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula and Gippsland wines displaying unique regional traits that reflect their origins. Named the Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine Young Australian Winemaker of The Year in 2006, William Downie’s winemaking journey is one worth joining.
Yarra Valley
The Yarra Valley is a wine region known for producing outstanding Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The region has become a leading wine tourism destination, popular for weekend trips as it is located only an hour’s drive north east of Melbourne.

The cool climate region has some of the oldest soils in the world, and produces terrific Chardonnays in the leaner, acid-driven style. Long gone are the days of excessively oaked and oily Chardonnays. Superb Pinot Noir is cultivated with tremendous results. Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz, Viognier, Sauvignon Blanc and even Sparkling wines of premium quality are also worth seeking out.

Yarra Valley is the oldest wine region in Victoria with the first vines planted in 1838 at Yering Station. Reg Egan founded the iconic Wantirna Estate in 1963, followed by Dr Bailey Carrodus in 1969 who founded equally lauded Yarra Yering in the foot of the Warramate Hills. Nowadays a fleet of new world wine makers and growers are making sure Yarra Valley stays at the forefront of Victorian wine production. Key wineries to look out for are Mayer, William Downie and Macforbes.

The region in 2009 suffered in the Black Saturday fires, with an estimated 25% of all production was impacted.
Campbell Mattinson
William Downie’s Gippsland Pinot Noir is a beast of its own design. So too is this Yarra Valley release. They’re like brother and sister; as similar and as different as that.

There’s almost a plush generosity here, but it’s more characterised by its free-flowing air. It writes its flavours in cursive script, everything joined and running into the next thing, a feeling of movement and speed. Kerouac-ian in that sense. A summer held onto and then released in a burst. Forest berries, dry leaves, a chalkiness, a hint of chicory and woodsmoke. It feels like a wholemeal wine, the flavours transparent, nothing deleted.


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