William Downie brings the soul of Burgundy to the wine regions of Victoria with his exquisite collection of Pinot Noir. After years spent living and working among the vineyards of Burgundy, William returned to Australia where he joined Steve Webber at De Bortoli’s Yarra Valley winery, earning a reputation, according to Steve, as the best winemaker in Australia. His affinity with Pinot Noir gained momentum during this time and in 2003 William launched his own label, William Downie Wines.
- VIC - Other Victorian
It smells of spring flowers, so pungent they almost smell disturbing. Indeed, let’s not mince words, the nose almost smells sexual. The palate is a different dimension entirely: it’s searingly fresh, cranberried, boysenberried, splashed with beet and rooted with twigs. It’s dry, spicy and seriously firm; it has the intensity of a prosector’s question; it’s a wine of such presence it almost makes you squirm, or fidget. This is the kind of wine JRR Tolkien might have made; it’s an underworld unto itself, simultaneously sordid and soiled and turned brilliantly fresh. The healthiest, most rotten soils often smell sweet and enticing; such is the field this wine hoes.
Rated 95 by Campbell Mattinson, the Wine Front. (April/2016)
Winery Tasting Notes
The Gippsland wine region reaches from Victoria's high country in the north all the way to the Bass Strait in the south. It is capable of producing richly textured wines of distinction. Cabernet Sauvignon, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir and Shiraz are the predominant varieties, though Pinot Gris is making a resurgence in recent years. It is the traditional Burgundian varieties of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay that are the regions highlights.