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2014 Pinot Noir
Due to unfavourable windy conditions at flowering, some grape varieties were affected by poor fruit-set, including Pinot Noir. The 2014 vintage has produced the smallest crop in recent times at Bannockburn. 80% whole bunch fermentation by indigenous yeasts, 25-27 days on skins, pressed to French hogsheads (1/3 new) for 12 months then racked to older barriques for a further 7 months. Deeply coloured, savoury, 5 spice, clove and mushroom nose. A full-bodied palate with additional complexity from the inclusion of close-planted Serré and De La Terre fruit in the final blend.
Reviews
2004: October 2006 James Halliday (The Australian)
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…It was the fragrance, purity, finesse and length of the Bannockburn that captured the admiration of everyone, not least Evans, who, in declaring it was a great Burgundy showed even the gods can be fallible.”

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2005: 26th Feb 2008 Huon Hooke (Sydney Morning Herald)
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New winemaker Michael Glover has maintained the classic Bannockburn style, with trademark foresty bouquet due to stalks in the ferment. Good depth and richness, fruit sweetness and charm. Now to five years.
94/100

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2006: 1st. May 2009 Peter Forrestal (Gourmet Traveller Wine)
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Michael Glover's energy, attention to detail and thoughtful winemaking has enabled him to put his own mark on the Bannockburn wines.... The 2006 Pinot is quite restrained and tight with subtle savoury fragrances, a complex array of briary, mushroomy forest-floor characters, primal and varietal yet finishing with a gentle grip and persistence.

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2007: August 2010 James Halliday (Australian Wine Companion)
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The class of the wine is immediately apparent, with great mouthfeel, balance and length, perhaps there is a touch of mint (possibly reflecting low alcohol), but it is a minor part of a delicious pinot made in a difficult year. Cork. 13.5%alc. Rating 94 Drink 2014

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2008: 19th Dec. 2010 Campbell Mattinson (The Wine Front)
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I tasted this 2008 Bannockburn pinot noir over two days but truth is, it jumped from the blocks - and tasted good every time I put it in my mouth. I guess you have to like the Bannockburn style, but this is a super pinot noir. It's herbal and stalky but it has dimension: of aroma and flavour. It booms from the glass and reaches to all corners of your mouth. It tannin hits and spreads. It's not the brightest pinot noir to look at, but it tastes fresh and alive: of dried tobacco and twigs, sappy cherries and forest floor. Best of all is the finish: it fans out. It's a wine with a certain flamboyance. Rated:96 points

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2009: August 2012 James Halliday (James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2013)
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Mid-garnet, slight bricking; the use of stems is de rigeur for Bannockburn, and the perfume of sap, cold tea and spices dominates the bouquet; the palate reveals the dark fruit beneath, with freshness in terms of acidity and silky tannins providing a very complex and thoroughly intriguing pinot noir. Rating 95 pts.

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2010: August 2013 James Halliday (James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2014)
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The colour is a quite deep garnet-red, the complex bouquet with sustained black cherry and plum fruit and exotic spices, the palate powerful and long, with strong savoury/stemmy undercurrents to the dark fruits on display. Rating 94 points.

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2012: October 2014 James Halliday (Wine Companion magazine)
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From 4 parcels of estate grapes, wild yeast, open-fermented; 600 dozen made. Excellent colour; skilled winemaking of high quality fruit from a top vintage was pre-ordained to produce a wine of exemplary quality; plummy fruit aromas and flavours are spun together on the supple and long palate. Easy to drink, but it would be a crime to drink more than a bottle now - save as many as possible for a minimum of 5 years. 96pts. Drink to 2027

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2013: 27 July 2015 James Halliday (winecompanion.com.au)
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Deeply coloured but not star-bright, an ultra-complex and power-packed pinot, multi-plum flavours surround by a palisade of whole bunch stemmy notes. Cries out for time in bottle. 96 pts.

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2014: August 2016 James Halliday (winecompanion.com.au)
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Deeply coloured; a very complex, full-bodied pinot with dark berry fruits, spice and oak on the bouquet and an opulently textured palate; firmish tannins ex whole bunches and acidity keep the wine corralled. 94 pts.

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