2021 was a freakishly good vintage for our estate Syrah, the Orion is selected from the cream of ‘Landau’ block and further classified post-fermentation. Hand-picked, 21 days on skins, 25% whole bunch, raised in 500-litre Stockinger puncheons (25% new) for 10 months. Only 100 dozen made.
Trophy Best South Australian Shiraz, 2022 Melbourne Royal Wine Awards.
#2 in Top 2021 Shiraz Adelaide Hills - The Real Review
96 Points Stuart Knox (The Real Review)
Deep and dense ruby core with purple glints at the rim. Deeply fragrant with mulberry, nori, and pepper spice aromas. Medium bodied with dark fruits, black slate and nori flavours flowing through a tightly wound core. Tannins are fine-grained but powerful and they ensure the line and length is prodigious. Has many years ahead of it.
96 Points Halliday
Has excellent colour grading to a vivid purple-crimson rim. The bouquet and palate sing lustily from the same page, with black fruits, spices, dark chocolate, licorice and sandalwood. It's built for the long haul.
From a gum-dotted family farm beside Oakbank, brothers Michael & Andrew Downer create the Murdoch Hill range of outstanding Adelaide Hills wines – approachable, adventurous & always of the highest quality.
Our Oakbank Tasting Room is open 11am to 4pm every day. A cosy setting to sip wine in winter and opening to a sun-filled deck in warmer months, it's the perfect spot to discover our award-winning wines year-round.Visit Us
Our two estate vineyards are managed with a holistic approach, without the use of any herbicides, pesticides, and only organic fungicides to respect the life of the soil and its ecosystem.
In the winery, we use wild yeasts and gentle extraction techniques without additions or manipulation – ensuring vineyard character and regionality shines.
Vintage 2023 marked our 25th year of winemaking it all that began when the family’s Oakbank property was first planted to vines by parents Julie and Charlie Downer in 1998. In this year we had the opportunity to source some Sauvignon Blanc grapes, these were made and bottled under the careful eye of winemaker, Brian Light. The rest is history!
With 50% fruit from Lenswood and 50% from Piccadilly the Phaeton has layers of complexity. With a dense core of fruit and beautiful aromatic fragrance the Phaeton is still delicate and pure with cherries and forest floor berries, subtle spice, and a touch of warm earthiness. It perfectly showcases the delicate characters of Pinot Noir from the Lenswood and Piccadilly sub-regions.
We are lucky to get to do what we love every day. So a key part of Murdoch Hill is giving back to the community. with every wine purchase you are making a difference as we donate a portion of each bottle sold.
We have chosen to partner with Oz Harvest. Who are working hard to get good food to those who need it most. Through food rescue operations and food relief services, they are building a sustainable food culture where everyonecan access a fresh, nutritious meal.