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2020 William Downie Gippsland 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.
The Matthews vineyard in Berrys Creek was planted on red volcanic soil and has always been dry grown. It is a cool, damp site and the vines grow dense, lush canopies. John and his son David have carefully tended these vines since they were established in 1998. The nose shows aromas of raspberry and redcurrant with some subtle wood spice and nettle. The palate is bright and energetic with well defined tannin and flavours of cherry pit and rusted earth.
Drink 2021 - 2038"