The Adelaide Hills is South Australia’s premier cool-climate wine region and is located half an hour’s drive from Adelaide at an altitude of 400 metres. The region has a strong reputation for its pristine Sauvignon Blanc, sophisticated Pinot Noir and Chardonnays, and increasingly for its exciting and food-friendly style of Shiraz.
Murdoch Hill was established in 1998 by the Downer family, who have farmed the land for over 80 years. Charlie and Julie Downer selected a 20 hectare section of their land which was ideally positioned to grow grapes; sloping land with lean, free-draining soils and a perfect aspect to capture the sun’s warmth.
In 2012 Charlie and Julie’s son Michael, who had graduated with a degree in oenology and had honed his viticultural and winemaking skills in Italy, France and Australia, took the winemaking reins and has advanced the wines’ style and quality. Michael’s focus is on producing wines with poise, elegance and varietal typicity. Murdoch Hill wines are regular winners of medals at Australian and international wine shows and are rated a red five star winery by James Halliday’s Wine Companion. www.murdochhill.com.au