2016 1314 a.d. Pinot Noir
The fruit for 1314 a.d. is primarily from Anne’s Block, a pinot noir vineyard planted at Bannockburn in 2002 with MV6, 114 and 115 clones. The 2016 growing season was one of the driest on record but only moderate heat was experienced. An early budburst resulted in an early harvest of good quality fruit. This vintage of 1314a.d. was made using 20% whole bunches, the fruit underwent 15 - 20 days fermentation/maceration period in 4 ton. open fermenters before being pressed to French barriques, (20% new) for 8 months élévage. Bottled in November 2016.
2011: June 2013 Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)

It's a wonderful drink. Spicy, herbal, sappy, fleshed out with sour cherry and rhubarb and complexed by meaty, clovey notes. Fragrance aplenty. If you like Bannockburn pinot noir in general you will love drinking this. It should age but it may well be at its best as a youngster. It sure does take you on a ride now. 92 points. Drink 2013 - 2019


2013: Oct.2014 Mike Bennie (The Wine Front)

Opens very stern, decidedly grunty in briar, dried herbs and wet earth scents, but unfurls majestically with time. Savoury, firm across the palate, revealing dark fruit characters but settling into graphite, earth and wet stone-like minerality too. It's an exciting wine for tannin and strictness but also the layers of fruit impact. Finishes with a lick of gentle sweetness swept away by chalky pucker. So satisfying to see such structure and texture at this price point. 94+points


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