A dark horse in the William Downie’s stable of exquisite Gippsland Pinot Noirs, the Manilla is a sweeter, more luscious expression than others in Downie’s Pinot-first portfolio. The fruit was planted in 1983, in volcanic soils facing south. With the benefit of a shady green canopy, this is a subtle, soft, and gorgeously complex Pinot. Just what you’d expect from a master.?
So, what will you smell? Fruit, first. Pear and blueberry, with rose petals and violet. Soft and velvety in texture, there is an ever-so subtle sweetness on the palate that complements this impressively layered red.