Our WinemakingAt Bannockburn Vineyards we believe our vineyards are what make our wines unique and provide a true point of difference. Our viticulture and winemaking aim to showcase our vineyard sites as sympathetically as possible.
Matthew Holmes commenced making wine at Bannockburn in 2015. His role as winemaker is to be a servant to the vineyard, to the growing season and to the fruit; working towards producing wine that is a true representation of our style and site.
Organic practice, a belief in dry-grown viticulture, vine age and close planting combine with wild ferments, use of whole bunches, extended maceration times, extended lees contact and a fastidious barrel selection process to make wines that are exciting, unique and clearly identifiable as "Bannockburn".
Our range of wines include; Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Shiraz, Riesling, Sauvignon Blanc, a dry red blend and Saignée (a dry rose style) In addition we make four celebrated single-vineyard wines:
- S.R.H. - using fruit sourced from our oldest Chardonnay vines at Olive Tree Hill Vineyard. Named in recognition of Bannockburn founder, Stuart Reginald Hooper.
- Serré - Pinot Noir grown at Serré Vineyard, using close-planting, low trellising and narrow rows to replicate the tough vineyard conditions of Grand Cru Burgundy, naturally yielding at 500g/vine.
- Range - the original vineyard site planted in 1974, dry-grown vines with natural cropping of 1.0kg/vine to produce a powerful expression of cool climate Shiraz.
- Stuart - drawing off small batches of the best fruit from our oldest Pinot vineyard, planted in 1978, to produce a stylistically different expression of Pinot Noir.