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The Phaeton is a blend of clones 114 and 115 from two vineyards in the Piccadilly Valley. The first site lies at 520 meters altitude outside the town of Piccadilly, below Mount Lofty. Its easterly aspect provides Downer with delicate fruit, pretty aromatics and pure, red-fruited notes. The second vineyard, also with an easterly aspect but in Ashton, sits on a steep slope at 560 meters on quite shallow sandstone and hard soils, and adds forest floor complexity.
Natural yields are low, providing fruit with structure and length. The altitude and aspect of both sites provided elongated, Pinot-friendly ripening conditions in 2021. Downer handled each parcel separately, both with a portion of whole berries and whole bunches (50%). Fermentation occurred in stainless steel followed by maturation in mostly puncheons and demi-muids, with a small amount in barrique (approximately 35% new) for nine months.
We respectfully acknowledge the Wurundjeri People of the Kulin Nation, who are the Traditional Owners of the land on which we operate in Melbourne, and pay our respect to their Elders past, present and emerging. We also acknowledge and respect the Traditional Owners of lands across Australia, their Elders, Ancestors, cultures and heritage, and recognise the continuing sovereignties of all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Nations.
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