Bannockburn Sauvignon Blanc 2017
Sitting between the aromatic Riesling and classic Chardonnays on our list is our Sauvignon Blanc; we aim to make a lively wine with texture and complexity.
Minimum Order 6 Units (straight or mixed)
- Tasting Notes
Primarily from a 1996 planting on the eastern edge of the Winery Block, but for the first time including a tonne from a new planting at Olive Tree Hill (all clone F4V6). Picked 2-22 March.
- 1/3 was de-stemmed and lightly crushed before fermentation on skins for one week, finishing in older puncheons, 1/3 was whole bunch pressed to puncheons and the remainder whole bunch pressed to tank (net new puncheons 10%).
- The wine was fermented to dryness before blending and bottling in August 2017.
- 11.5% acl/vol.
A return to "normal" timing for harvest captured the natural acidity and varietal tension from this only moderately warm year. Some hint of the puncheons, varietal marker green peas and spice on the nose. Full and yet dry, breadth from the skins, texture from the lees contact and refreshing citrus acids on the palate.
"A 100% varietal with compelling aroma: cold tea, white flowers and acacia blossom, complex and earthy. The palate is glorious - at once taut with fine acidity yet flavoursome with creamed honey, pine needles and bursting with life." 95 points.
- Jane Faulkner winecompanion.com.au August 2017
“You can throw this into a large-bowled glass and treat it like chardonnay, such is its texture and weight, though of course its flavour profile is all sauvignon blanc. Or a sophisticated version of the variety in any case. Clear lines of smoke and lemongrass, gravel and citrus with almond and floral notes for good measure. Acid darts through the palate but there's some chub to the texture, courtesy of its time on skins. Short-medium term time should be kind." 93 points.
- Campbell Mattinson, winecompanion.com.au Aug.2018
We had reasonable rain across winter and so the soils warmed up slowly which led to normal timing for budburst. Fruit-set and cropping levels (especially in Pinot Noir, which had an average bunch weight of 65g) were reduced by some poor weather experienced during flowering. The season warmed up at Christmas and continued through Jan/Feb which resulted in our commencement and completion dates being very similar days to vintage 2018 ( ...with one excessively hot weekend forcing us to pause for a few days). So another short, compressed harvest period at Bannockburn.
Despite the lack of rainfall during early 2019, the vines managed to hold on to a good amount of leaf canopy and so built up root mass and energy stores post-harvest.
At this early stage I am very pleased with quality in almost every regard, with some subtle changes to winemaking producing promising results.
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