"William Downie established his own label in 2003 after several years living and working in Burgundy. His intention is to produce wines of purity and detail that reflect their place of origin. They are made in the most natural way possible, not pushed or shoved in any direction. They are not added to or subtracted from. Although each of the William Downie wines is made from Pinot Noir, the Yarra Valley, Mornington Peninsula and Gippsland are more different than they are similar. William was the Gourmet Traveller Wine Magazine Young Australian Winemaker of The Year for 2006." - William Downie
"William Downie is so highly regarded in Australian wine circles as a maker of top pinot noir that he is almost synonymous with the variety. De Bortoli’s Steve Webber once described him as the “best winemaker in Australia” and a group of sommeliers have even formed a fan club, Team Downie." - Jeremy Pringle, Wine Companion
William Downie's Victorian pinots are delicate expressions of this fascinating grape. This Yarra version is refined with appealing softness mid-palate.
The Age Epicure, 11th June 2013.
There's certainly an earthiness to the wine " savoury, dusty aromas over red and black cherry fruit, almost smoky. It's a very delicate wine to taste " super light, the use of ethereal is played out in wine writing, but it applies here; gossamer textured, fine threads of tannin, great length of flavour and a bright, clean, refreshing finish. Purity of fruit flavour is high, it's sort of washy in a way, and thankfully oak presence, though cedary, is recessed. This is pretty wine, lacy wine, and a light-on-its-feet expression.
Mike Bennie, Wine Front, 28 March 2013.
Tyson Stelzer 96 points!
Reaching 10 years of age, these vines tap into an unusual belt of Yarra granite for deeply textured, finely structured, silky tannins which juxtapose elegant, delicate perfume.
WBM Magazine, Oct 2013.
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