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2020 William Downie Bullswamp Pinot Noir
From Bill: "2020 was a very challenging season for us, though not for the reasons you may expect. While much of the country suffered catastrophic bush fires and extreme drought we, here in West Gippsland, we had almost the opposite scenario - it rained non-stop for the entire growing season. As a result crops were reduced to minuscule quantities. Three of our five vineyard sites produced only one barrel of wine; the others, only four barrels each. 2020 is, setting aside the Cathedral wine, the smallest harvest we have had since 2003. A dubious record that we sincerely hope not to repeat. On a more positive note the wines are, in our opinion, delicious and we recommend them to you without hesitation. Each of the single vineyard wines has the hallmarks of the previous vintage but with more definition and purity. It is fascinating to observe the remarkable difference between each wine, given the proximity of the sites.
This dry grown vineyard was planted in 1981 on old, red volcanic soils at 150m elevation. There are four separate parcels of Pinot Noir, two north-facing blocks of MV6 and another of Abel, as well as a more sheltered south facing block of MV6. The wine opens with a slight hint of reduction, that quickly gives way to aromas of blueberry and blood plum as well as violets, all-spice and clove. The palate is brooding and muscular, with pronounced and chewy tannins that are countered by bright acidity.