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Murdoch Hill Tilbury Chardonnay 2021

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Murdoch Hill Tilbury Chardonnay 2021
Producer Murdoch Hill
Region, Country Adelaide Hills, Australia
Bottle Size 750ml
Case Size 6
Product Code 20602-750

Two-thirds of the 2021 Tilbury was drawn from two vineyards in the Piccadilly Valley, and the remainder from Lobethal. The Lobethal site is close to 500m of elevation and has soils that are loaded with ironstone, contributing fruit with a classic flinty expression and powerful drive. The Piccadilly soils are varied, with sandstone, sandy loam and ironstone.


The 2021 was hand-harvested and whole-bunch pressed into puncheons, demi-muids and a smattering of barriques, for wild fermentation and then maturation for nine months (only 15% new wood). This year saw full malo—thanks to early flavour development and impressive acidity, Downer felt the wine could hold this to assist in “smoothing out the edges”. The wine was left unsulphured until late spring. Lees stirring was employed over winter for freshness, and to add another dimension of flavour. 

Murdoch Hill Tilbury Chardonnay 2021

Reviews

“Fine and flinty, lightly juicy, acid driven style with some skittish granitic minerally notes amongst green apple and sharp, grapefruit juice characters. Lean and taut, long and fine. A very elegant, easy to like, easy to drink but quietly complex and distinct wine. Very good.”
94 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
“This has impressive power, with such refined and focused structure on offer. Aromas of wet stones and lemon peel with grapefruit pith and sliced peach, as well as hazelnut. The palate is chiseled and long, filling out through the mid section and then building a smooth, creamy texture into the finish. Plenty of peach and nectarine, as well as lemon fruit flavor here. A little hazelnut to close. Drink or hold. Screw cap.”
96 points, Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com
"Winemaker, Michael Downer, son of owners Charlie and Julie, has made an immediately attractive wine, with fresh, vibrant varietal fruit in the grapefruit/white peach spectrum. Oak is a minor contributor, acidity an important driver to the finish and aftertaste. All up purity."
95 points, Halliday Top 100
“Pale lemon hue. Lemon balm and struck match aromatics. Poised and elegant with bright lemon curd and apple fruits, a smoky spice note lingers throughout, and the fine bone of acidity adds lift and vibrancy. A wine that, whilst on the lighter spectrum, offers a lot of character and interest and will open more layers as it develops.”
94 points, Stuart Knox, The Real Review

Reviews

“Fine and flinty, lightly juicy, acid driven style with some skittish granitic minerally notes amongst green apple and sharp, grapefruit juice characters. Lean and taut, long and fine. A very elegant, easy to like, easy to drink but quietly complex and distinct wine. Very good.”
94 points, Mike Bennie, The Wine Front
“This has impressive power, with such refined and focused structure on offer. Aromas of wet stones and lemon peel with grapefruit pith and sliced peach, as well as hazelnut. The palate is chiseled and long, filling out through the mid section and then building a smooth, creamy texture into the finish. Plenty of peach and nectarine, as well as lemon fruit flavor here. A little hazelnut to close. Drink or hold. Screw cap.”
96 points, Nick Stock, JamesSuckling.com
"Winemaker, Michael Downer, son of owners Charlie and Julie, has made an immediately attractive wine, with fresh, vibrant varietal fruit in the grapefruit/white peach spectrum. Oak is a minor contributor, acidity an important driver to the finish and aftertaste. All up purity."
95 points, Halliday Top 100
“Pale lemon hue. Lemon balm and struck match aromatics. Poised and elegant with bright lemon curd and apple fruits, a smoky spice note lingers throughout, and the fine bone of acidity adds lift and vibrancy. A wine that, whilst on the lighter spectrum, offers a lot of character and interest and will open more layers as it develops.”
94 points, Stuart Knox, The Real Review

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