Bill Downie established his own label in 2003 after several years living and working in Burgundy. Such is his passion for Pinot Noir that it is the only wine he makes, producing one from Mornington, one from the Yarra valley and one from Gippsland.
The nose shows plum and raspberry fruit as well as rose, violet and clove. It tastes of plums and sandalwood, mint and cloves, though there’s a meaty, bitter, sour cherry character here too that I personally find most appealing.
REVIEWS & AWARDS
A stylish, savoury and rather closed pinot of texture, tightness and length. It’s quite reductive and needs plenty of aeration for its delicate fragrance of rose petals, red cherries and plums to flower in harmony with earthy, meaty and raspberry scents. Fine and silky, with a delightfully sweet presence of vibrant red fruits above a fine, bony chassis, it’s simply crying out for time in the bottle. – Jeremy Oliver.