2020 William Downie 'Bull Swamp' Pinot Noir. Gippsland-VIC.
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, allspice and clove. The palate is brooding and muscular with pronounced and chewy tannins that are countered by bright acidity.