April 2021 Wine Companion reviews - James Halliday/Jeni Port

April 2021 Wine Companion reviews - James Halliday/Jeni Port

Bannockburn Sauvignon Blanc 2018
'Made in 3 batches of equal size: the 1st fermented on skins, the 2nd in French oak, the last fermented in tank. Unsurprisingly providing a wine of power and length. Grapefruit hits a high note on the finish and aftertaste, the texture is also very important.' 96 points, James Halliday, winecompanion.com.au.

Bannockburn Chardonnay 2021
'Whole-bunch pressed, fermented wild in French hogsheads and puncheons (20% new), 10 months on lees, partial mlf. True to the Bannockburn style which offers both power and finesse. The former is set in structure and solid in body. The latter is all about a world of marvellous fruit and oak flavours: mandarin skin, nectarine, white peach, buttered toast, almond bread, quince paste. It's dense, lifted by a citrusy acidity that is just so cleansing, so right.' 95 points, Jeni Port, winecompanion.com.au.

Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2021
'Batches of pinot noir from different blocks, wild fermented with 20% whole bunches. Matured 10 months in French hogsheads (25% new). A wine of real gravitas and presence, the '21 reflects a most impressive year. Abundant, enticing aromas in pristine red fruits, maritime herbs, humus and dusty beets. The palate fairly bristles in fruit freshness and energy, the tannins pricking the tastebuds and laying the foundation for a long life. Oak? Yes, it's evident in the texture and the binding but totally integrated.' 95 points, Jeni Port, winecompanion.com.au.