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Murdoch Hill Landau Syrah 2020

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Murdoch Hill Landau Syrah 2020
Producer Murdoch Hill
Region, Country Adelaide Hills, Australia
Bottle Size 750ml
Case Size 6
Product Code 20604-750

In some ways, this is Michael Downer’s signature wine. It comes from a single parcel of vines at Murdoch Hill’s Landau block in Oakbank, a predominately east-facing slope on shallow, red loam soils with varying levels of schist rock and ironstone. The vines were planted in 1998 and sit at 400 metres above sea level. Oakbank’s warmer, sunny days allow for the Syrah vines to fully ripen their fruit while the afternoon breezes and cool nights help promote natural acidity. The block is sustainably managed with zero herbicides and organic principles. 


Due to the low yields and cooler weather, the 2020 vintage saw a decrease in whole-bunch to just 15% in 2020 (from 50% in 2019). It’s a lighter wine than its predecessor; forward with elegance, spice and vitality. Downer wild-fermented the fruit with whole bunches and whole berries in small one-tonne open fermenters. Oak maturation was minimal, with the wine raised in older oak puncheons and demi-muids (less than 10% new) for 10 months. 


Murdoch Hill Landau Syrah 2020

Reviews

“A complex and spicy syrah with aromas of pepper, graphite, dark chocolate, blackberry, dark cherry and all manner of complex spices. Some dark-olive tapenade, too. The palate has intense, central fruit power with blackberries, dark cherries and plums with a long, fresh and well-resolved build. Drink over the next eight years. Screw cap.”
96 points, Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com
"Whole bunches and whole berries included in small, open-top ferments, 9–10 months ageing in seasoned French oak. So much energy here, and sheer fruit delight that explores the cooler, spicier side of Hills shiraz with gusto. Bright red and blue fruits come into focus with violet, anise, pepper and spice. Oak provides the warm, textural base for the exploration of some lovely, lively fruit. Mighty enjoyable drinking."
92 points, Jeni Port, The Wine Companion

Reviews

“A complex and spicy syrah with aromas of pepper, graphite, dark chocolate, blackberry, dark cherry and all manner of complex spices. Some dark-olive tapenade, too. The palate has intense, central fruit power with blackberries, dark cherries and plums with a long, fresh and well-resolved build. Drink over the next eight years. Screw cap.”
96 points, Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com
"Whole bunches and whole berries included in small, open-top ferments, 9–10 months ageing in seasoned French oak. So much energy here, and sheer fruit delight that explores the cooler, spicier side of Hills shiraz with gusto. Bright red and blue fruits come into focus with violet, anise, pepper and spice. Oak provides the warm, textural base for the exploration of some lovely, lively fruit. Mighty enjoyable drinking."
92 points, Jeni Port, The Wine Companion

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