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Wine of the Week for Jancis Robinson

Bill Downie Petit Verdot 2015

'One of Australia's most admired new wave producers' Jancis Robinson 

Bill Downie is most famous for his sensational Pinot Noir, and rightly so, but recently, and quite by chance, he came across a phenomenal vineyard in South Australia and couldn't resist the lure of Petit Verdot. Fermented with natural yeasts, unfined and unfiltered, this bears all the hallmarks of its biodynamic ancestors, but the gentle hand of Bill has created something far more majestic.   
Former music mogul (well, alright, guitarist) Bill Downie was first transformed from ordinary man to winemaker extraordinaire by just one drop of 1993 Drouhin Chablis. He immediately donned his cape and did what all good superheroes do, enrolled on a wine course. One of his assignments there was to interview Philip Jones (winemaker at Bass Philip famed for their 97/98 point Pinot Noir). Philip was so impressed with Bill that he offered him Bass Philips much coveted apprenticeship. Fast forward 15 years and Bill has worked at a Burgundy Grand Cru, been head winemaker at De Bortoli and Australian Young Winemaker of the Year. Nowadays, however, Bill is much more comfortable out of the limelight choosing instead to live the Good Life. He can often be found in the veggie patch with his three kids, chasing pigs around their fruit orchard or most often elbow deep in grapes making stonkingly good wine.   




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