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04 Newsletter of the Murdoch Hill Wine Club

Hello, and welcome

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to the summer edition of “Out of the Shed” 2012 has been a busy year for Murdoch Hill. Michael has decided to come home and take over the responsibility of winemaking and viticulture. It is exciting to see the next generation helping us to develop a strong family brand. Michael has made small batches of Pinot Noir, Shiraz and Cabernet which are of exceptional quality, there is more about this in the newsletter and an

exclusive offer to wine club members to purchase these wines. In 2013 we are combining our shed party with the opening of Sarah McDonald’s art exhibition. Have a sneak peek of some of her work inside. We hope you have a very happy festive season and enjoy Murdoch Hill during your celebrations.

Charlie & Julie Downer

Our New Wine Release

These two new wines are the first of our exciting small batch, handmade range of wines. The new look labels for these limited release wines were designed by Andrew Downer. The concept was developed as a tribute to T E Downer (1913 – 1984), a passionate collector of horse drawn vehicles. The Phaeton is a sporty open carriage described as being fast and dangerous with large wheels and minimal body while the Landau is a very social cart with face to face seating and a low shell, often chosen by the Royal Family for special occasions. The 2012 Landau Syrah was made from fruit sourced from our estate vineyard in Oakbank. Extraordinary amounts of care and time went into each phase of the wine making process. This wine was made in a more traditional method using a high proportion of whole bunches rather than de-stemming.


James Halliday 5 Star winery

Crush 2013 26, 27 January

We are extremely pleased to have been awarded 5 stars in the James Halliday Wine Companion.

Join us for Crush in early 2013. This years event is going to be exciting. Chef Simon Bryant We are pleased to announce Simon will be hosting a cooking demonstration using local produce, 1.30pm Sunday.

2011 Sauvignon Blanc 94 points 2011 Chardonnay 94 points 2010 Cabernet Sauvignon 93 points

La Cantina Co’s Street Kitchen Tom Skipper will be bringing his street food truck up the hill to provide tasty Mexican food.

2010 Shiraz 94 points Receiving 94 points for the Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay was a reward for our selective handpicking in such a trying year.

Anna Small & Warren Pickering Award winning sculpture artists will be displaying some of their impressive sculpture works. Saturday Tasting Experience On Saturday we are holding a wine tasting experience with our winemaker Michael, bookings are essential. It will be a relaxing weekend of premium wines, funky beats and tasty food. Don’t miss this great opportunity to visit the Adelaide Hills.

“One wall, Four Seasons” by Sarah McDonald We are pleased to announce Sarah McDonald will be exhibiting her “One wall, Four seasons” art exhibition in conjunction with our annual shed party in April. Keep your eyes posted for this event.

Above: Crush 2012

Adelaide Hills Shiraz & Chardonnay exposed by Phil Reedman MW. The Adelaide Hills first came to wine fame as a producer of Chardonnay; a grape variety noted for loving cool climates. Subsequently, Hills’ winemakers got to grips with Sauvignon Blanc and Chardonnay was rather left in the shadows. While all of this was going on, growers weren’t standing still, they were looking for sites which would allow them to ripen different varieties; varieties such as Cabernet Sauvignon and Shiraz both of which need to see the sun for as long as possible each day if the wine made from them isn’t to taste unpleasantly like stewed tomato leaves It’s true to say that of the two, Shiraz has generally performed better which is something of a surprise considering that its home is the warm Rhone Valley of southern France. But, as one viticulturist friend is keen to remind me, “grapes don’t read the rule books”. By planting Shiraz on the sunniest slopes and keeping the crop level low, growers ensure ripe Shiraz redolent with peppery spices, damson and raspberry fruit flavours plus the double-whammy-win of concentrated flavours and not too much alcohol. Hills Shiraz pairs really well with food, try one with a steak or with slow roasted shoulder of lamb

Shiraz is now vying for the title of Adelaide Hills’ signature variety. Or is it? Chardonnay growers and winemakers haven’t been sitting idly by watching the rise of first Sauvignon Blanc and then Shiraz, they too have been experimenting and working to reinvent Chardonnay. Forget your impressions of Chardonnay as a big, buttery, deep yellow coloured wine; they are 1990’s history. Chardonnay in 2012 is a lightly coloured, crisp wine filled with nectarine, fig and melon fruit with just a touch of oak, perhaps more evident on the bouquet than in the taste. The Adelaide Hills is at the forefront of modern-day Australian Chardonnay driving the revival of Australia’s Chardonnay to the extent that Decanter Magazine’s Andrew Jefford says Australia is producing Chardonnay that can challenge the best in the world. The question then isn’t “Chardonnay or Shiraz?” The Adelaide Hills does both, and can excel at each. Perhaps Chardonnay carries the flag for the Hills right now but as we get more Shiraz vintages under the belt and drinkers get used to opening a Murdoch Hill Shiraz with their steak, Shiraz will be as well known as Chardonnay. Just don’t forget our remarkably good Sauvignon Blanc...


Our New Wine Release Cont. This whole bunch fermentation method has given the wine a beautiful nose of spice and bright red fruits and has added a delicate fine layered texture to the wine. The 2012 Phaeton Pinot Noir was sourced from a vineyard in Echunga with similar production methods to the Landau Syrah. We felt that the most important part of the wine making process was to ensure that we were as gentle as possible with the whole bunches, so the wine could fully

express all of its wonderful qualities. The resulting wine has beautiful raspberry, clove and spice aromatics with cherry fruits and a subtle textural palate that has a unique fine acid line supported by integrated elegant grainy tannins. Both the Landau Syrah and Phaeton Pinot Noir are exclusive wines made in small quantities. We have given first allocation to you, our loyal wine club members, so be sure to get in early.

Above: Shiraz during fermentation

Winery News

Above: Hand Picking into small crates

Our small-scale ‘hands on’ winery is a year into production. We are thrilled to see how far everything has come along in such a short space of time. Since returning from traveling last year, Michael has applied the extensive knowledge that he has gained from his experiences working overseas and in wineries a little closer to home. “I am so pleased to see how the winery has grown and changed over the past year. It has been an amazing opportunity to put the experience that I have gained over the past eight years, from some truly inspiring mentors, into practice. The development of our small-scale winery has helped define my winemaking style and encouraged Murdoch Hill to produce some really exciting wines.” – Michael Downer, Winemaker.

Sauvignon Blanc 2012 Vintage

Above: images of our small scale winery in production, vintage 2012

Our 2012 release of Sauvignon Blanc has officially arrived. This vintage has produced a Sauvignon that is very expressive of tropical and citrus fruits, with a very strong concentration due to the low yielding year. The wine delivers the trademark Murdoch Hill Sauvignon Blanc characteristics with crisp natural acidity and great length of flavour.


Exclusive wine club offer Current Murdoch Hill releases 2012 Sauvignon Blanc 2011 Chardonnay 2011 ‘The Cronberry’ Shiraz 2011 Cabernet Sauvignon 2008 White Gum Rd

$240/ Doz $300/ Doz $300 / Doz $240 / Doz $100/ Doz

10% Discount on the above current Murdoch Hill releases for dozen purchases and free delivery in the Adelaide Hills and Adelaide.

First Release: 2012 Small Batch Wines Be sure to make the most of your first allocation of these fantastic new wines. 2012 Landau Syrah: $276/6 pack 2012 Phaeton Pinot Noir: $252/6 pack For all orders please contact us either by email info@murdochhill.com.au or phone us at the winery 8389 7081 or 0408 286 793.

Murdoch Hill Wines, Mappinga Road Woodside, South Australia, 5244 www.murdochhill.com.au

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