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2018 Murdoch Hill Falcon Syrah Pinot 2018 750ml

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Despite the regional disparity, this is a chip off the old Hunter block. An uncanny blend (70% syrah) devised there, while responsible for some of the country's most long-lived wines. Stylistic brethren. Rich. Burly. A swirl of medicinal cherry scents meets sweaty saddle and varnish. Avuncular. Like sinking into a worn armchair. Some may accuse this of being rustic. I suggest it is charmingly so. Delicious! Read more
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Ned Goodwin - Halliday's Wine Companion

Despite the regional disparity, this is a chip off the old Hunter block. An uncanny blend (70% syrah) devised there, while responsible for some of the country's most long-lived wines. Stylistic brethren. Rich. Burly. A swirl of medicinal cherry scents meets sweaty saddle and varnish. Avuncular. Like sinking into a worn armchair. Some may accuse this of being rustic. I suggest it is charmingly so. Delicious!

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Tasting Notes

The resurgence of the uniquely Australian Pinot Shiraz blend is something that we should all celebrate. It just works. Having burst back onto the scene in the Hunter Valley and Victoria, it’s great to see winemakers from other states getting in on the act, especially when those winemakers are Michael Downer and Peter Dredge. Downer’s Falcon features a blend of Estate-grown Syrah from Oakbank (70%) and Pinot Noir from the Piccadilly Valley (30%). Both vineyard sources average 20-plus years in age and both were wild-fermented in small-batch, open fermenters before maturation in barrique and puncheon (8% new). “I was a seeking to fuse the ‘forest’ style of Pinot, which is usual for Ashton, matched with slippery, slightly bunchy Syrah from home (Oakbank).” says Downer. The blend—which mainlines freshness and flowing fruit—has worked a treat, resulting in a deliciously juicy, medium-bodied red that is very hard to stop drinking!

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The resurgence of the uniquely Australian Pinot Shiraz blend is something that we should all celebrate. It just works. Having burst back onto the scene in the Hunter Valley and Victoria, it’s great to see winemakers from other states getting in on the act, especially when those winemakers are Michael Downer and Peter Dredge. Downer’s Falcon features a blend of Estate-grown Syrah from Oakbank (70%) and Pinot Noir from the Piccadilly Valley (30%). Both vineyard sources average 20-plus years in age and both were wild-fermented in small-batch, open fermenters before maturation in barrique and puncheon (8% new). “I was a seeking to fuse the ‘forest’ style of Pinot, which is usual for Ashton, matched with slippery, slightly bunchy Syrah from home (Oakbank).” says Downer. The blend—which mainlines freshness and flowing fruit—has worked a treat, resulting in a deliciously juicy, medium-bodied red that is very hard to stop drinking!

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