William Downie (Victoria)
❁ William Downie (Victoria) www.williamdownie.com.au
William Downie 121 Yarragon South Road, Yarragon, VIC 3823
Tel: 03 5634 2216 Fax: 03 5634 2216
William (Bill) Downie established his eponymous label in 2003. His passion is Pinot Noir and he makes no less than three from the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula and Gippsland in Victoria, where he is planting his own high density (11,000 vines/ha) biodynamic vineyard. Meantime, fruit is rigorously sourced, where possible from vineyards farmed organically or biodynamically. Downie’s love of Pinot stems from working for BASS PHILLIP, then DE BORTOLI in the Yarra Valley. Whilst at De Bortoli he oversaw their investment in Burgundy from 2001 until 2005. He brings a hands off approach to winemaking which is readily apparent in the delicate hue and subtle flavour profile of his intense Pinots. Fruit is de-stemmed and, after a natural cold soak for a few days, fermentation is in opentopped wooden fermenters. The wines are not plunged until dryness and are then aged in barre for about 15 months. The Gippsland Pinot Noir is the funkier of the three, while the Mornington Peninsula wines show the brightest fruit. The Yarra Valley Pinot lies somewhere in between. But all three share great length and persistence thanks to fruit that is intense, but not in the least overbearing. Animated acidity and fine but present tannins complete the package and provide the structure for ageing. These are wines that benefit from four to five years in bottle to really start hitting their straps. (SA)
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