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Murdoch Hill



Murdoch Hill

Mappinga Rd, Woodside, 5244

Cellar Door: By appointment

Ph: (08) 8389 7081

Murdoch Hill is based on the 60 year old Erinka grazing property just to the east of Oakbank. Charlie and Julie Downer have planted 21 ha of vines (Sauvignon Blanc, Shiraz, Cabernet Sauvignon and Chardonnay).

The cool climate vineyard is located at one of the highest points in the Mount Loft ranges, more than over 500 metres above the Gulf of St. Vincent.

The generally well crafted wines are contract-made by Brian Light.

The Shiraz, in particular, is worth looking at as part of the new trend in the Adelaide Hills to silky, medium bodied Northern Rhone styles in contrast to Southern Rhone style most commonly seen from South Australia.

Tasting Notes

There are three types of Tasting notes:

(W) Notes from the winery (blurbs from bottle)

(GXY) Notes from a GenXY wine reviewer

(G) Notes from GenXY's Tasting events (collective opinions)

Murdoch Hills The Landau Oakbank Syrah 2015

Purchased: Not ($45)

Drink: 2025

(GXY) Tasting: May 2017, some whole bunch inclusion, fragrant and sweetly fruited black cherry and dark plums with liquorice, sage, violet and black pepper notes, medium bodied with seasoned French oak, persistent fine dusty tannins, a touch forward (****)

Murdoch Hills The Surrey Pinot Meunier 2016

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2022

(GXY) Tasting: May 2017, substantial whole bunch inclusion, no fining or filtering, aromatic red cherry and dark plums with musky spices, garden verbs and rose petals, medium bodied with dusty texture, subtle and powdery vanilla- clove oak, tangy acid (***1/2)

Murdoch Hills Tilbury Chardonnay 2016

Purchased: Not ($30)

Drink: 2024

(GXY) Tasting: May 2017, multi-clonal, whole bunch pressed, perfumed and succulent white peach and lemon peel with nougat and citrus blossom nuances, linear with a a steak of slate and light leesy inputs, restrained almond oak and briny phenolics, firm acid (****1/2)

Murdoch Hills Phaeton Piccadilly Valley Pinot Noir 2015

Purchased: Not ($38)

Drink: 2024

(GXY) Tasting: May 2017, 114, 115 and MV6 clones, 38% whole bunch, fragrant and bright red cherry and plum with rose petal and sage notes, earthy palate with beetroot underpinnings, mainly seasoned French oak barracks and fine grained tannins (***1/2)

Murdoch Hill The Landau Single Vineyard Oakbank Syrah 2013

Purchased: Not ($46)

Drink: 2024

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2015, Gold Medal at Adelaide Hills Wine Show 2014, 50% whole bunch inclusion, intensely fragrant plum and mulberry with complex spice and savoury herb notes from the whole bunch, medium bodied with some vanilla/clove from the seasoned French oak, fine grained tannins (****1/2)

Murdoch Hill The Surrey Pinot Meunier 2014

Purchased: Not ($40)

Drink: 2020

(GXY) Tasting: Jan 2015, from the Piccadilly Valley at over 525m, 50% whole bunch inclusion, no fining or filtration, slightly cloudy appearance, relatively supple red cherry, dark plums and violets with the varietal dusty texture, medium bodied and earthy with restrained vanilla/clove French oak and sappy herb edged acidity (****)

Murdoch Hill The Landau Single Vineyard Oakbank Syrah 2012

Purchased: Not ($46)

Drink: 2024

(GXY) Tasting: Oct 2014, some whole bunch ferment, perfumed and juicy black cherry, redcurrant and plum with asian spice, violet, white pepper and liquorice notes, elegant glycerolly medium bodied palate has savoury complexity, fine powdery tannins and spicy vanilla oak on the long finish (****1/2)

Murdoch Hill Cabernet Sauvignon 2004

Purchased: Cellarbrations, St. Kilda ($22)

Drink: 2011

(GXY) Tasting: May 2010, medium bodied blackberry and black cherry with violet and mint notes, the palate is infused with lots of lightly charred spicy coffee-cedar oak, dusty tannins, ready to drink (***)

Murdoch Hill The Cronberry Shiraz 2007

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2015

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, from two clones, perfumed, silky, medium bodied and stylish wine showing tangy blackberry and redcurrant with lavender and violet notes, spicy and plump mid-palate with a range of brown and black spices, fine and persistent savoury tannins (****)

Murdoch Hill Sauvignon Blanc 2008

Purchased: Not ($19)

Drink: 2009

(GXY) Tasting: June 2009, vibrant and intense showing cut grass, lychee and passionfruit with some asparagus and snow pea notes, infused with plenty of chalky minerality, zesty lime citrus finish, good length, harvested just before the 2 week heat wave hit (****)