Place: Adelaide Hill, SA
After studying oenology, winemaker Michael Downer undertook vintages in the Adelaide Hills, Great Western and Barolo, eventually settling in the Adelaide Hills where he is now at the helm of Murdoch Hill. His desire is to craft wines where the fruit gets to do the talking by minimising intervention wherever possible. It shows as his wines are authentic pictures of the Hills from which they grow. Dry, aromatic and textural, this is exactly the kind of Riesling we reach for to accompany a light, fresh lunch. The Adelaide Hills aren’t renowned for Riesling, but certainly could be if more bottles of this quality were produced.