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William Downie 'Cathedral' Pinot Noir 2023

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The Wine

The 2023 Cathedral is a blend of around 25% Mornington Peninsula, 25% Alpine Valleys, 25% Mt Gambier, 15% Henty and 10% Upper Goulburn Pinot Noir. The season across southeastern Australia was cool and wet early, leading to another season of poor flowering and low yields.

The second half of the season, however was warm and dry giving wines of great depth, aroma and tannin. Winemaking remains, as always, very simple. The grapes were left to ferment naturally with no punch downs or pump-overs and no temperature control. After three weeks maceration, the wine was pressed to tank where it remained for malolactic fermentation and maturation.

The wine shows bright raspberry, pomegranate and red currant fruits as well as cherry pit and rose petals. The palate is fine and chewy with more red fruits as well as cinnamon, mace and clove characters. It is precise and well defined.

While the wine is not intended for long term cellaring it will benefit from 3 to 5 years rest.  Bill Downie


The Details
Variety - Pinot Noir
Country - Australia
Region - Victoria
Extra - Cork
Year - 2023
Volume - 750ml


About the Wine Maker

William Downie stands as a benchmark for minimal intervention, site-specific Pinot Noir in Australia. His focus has always been on the grape, evidenced by his time spent in Burgundy at Domaines Fourrier and Hubert Lignier, followed by roles at Bass Phillip in Gippsland and De Bortoli. In 2003, he launched his own label, producing Pinot from the Yarra Valley, Gippsland, and the Mornington Peninsula.

Currently, his attention is on the lesser-known Gippsland region, where he and his wife Rachel manage a farm and oversee additional vineyards in the area. His winemaking philosophy is one of low intervention. Unlike some Aussie winemakers, William is not dogmatic; he diligently monitors hygiene, temperature, and pH levels to ensure his wines are pristine, using sulphur as necessary. His goal is to represent his terroir faithfully. William believes, "The intrigue of Australian Pinot Noir lies in its ancient soils.

"The vines have a significant, age-old tale to convey—a story that's vast, subtle, and nuanced. Extracting this story requires a gentle and delicate touch."