William Downie Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir, Australia 2016

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William Downie Mornington Peninsula Pinot Noir, Australia 2016

46.00

If this were the flagbearer for the 'natural' wine movement, then the revolution would have happened without a single shot being fired. It's simply beautiful and is a stunning ambassador for 'minimal intervention' wines in exactly the same way that far too many aren't. It's faultlessly clean, pure, headily scented and opulent in the style of a Grand Cru Burgundy You could spend hours just inhaling the aromas, a heartbreaking fragrance that Aphrodite would be proud to dab behind her ears. This is where 'natural' wines have the edge over 'conventional' wines (forgive the inverted commas, but they save pages of tedious semantic digression), because it's the sheer beauty and power of the fruit that impresses, not the interaction between the fruit and the oak. 

It's a light as a silk ribbon, but rich in flavour, offering cherry, blood orange, satsuma peel, nutmeg, musk flower and raspberry tea. There's a sappy freshness that gives it weightlessness in the mouth. As it is unflitered, you may notice that it's slightly cloudy, but that's just bonus flavour molecules, which would be filtered out by 'conventional' winemaking. 13% alc. Drink now-2020. It may last longer, but why wait?

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