2020 William Downie 'Manilla' Pinot Noir. Gippsland-VIC. 750ml.
This patch of vines, while less than 5km north of Millstream, and at similar elevation, produces a very different wine. Planted to MV6 in 1983, it shows slightly less fruit intensity than its nearest neighbouring vines. The red volcanic soils face very slightly to the south and look more in the direction of the Tarago reservoir. These plants grow the lushest green canopy of any of our vines. The wine is very light in colour but shows intense strawberry as well as rhubarb and watermelon. There is a feeling of sweetness that adds weight and texture without losing definition and purity.
This wine makes us think of a shady spot on a warm spring day.