Bannockburn Riesling 2018
We only produce a small amount of Riesling, but it’s a great opportunity to have some fun with one of the “noble” grape varieties.
Minimum Order 6 Units (straight or mixed)
- Tasting Notes
Predominantly made from fruit off the original site planted in 1976, also includes fruit from a vineyard planted in 2015. Normal timing for both budburst and harvest with a very even growing season of occasional rain and only very occasional hot days.
- After partial skin contact this wine was fermented in tank and French oak cask.
- This wine was made with zero additions apart from minimal sulphur.
- Bottled in November, 2018.
- 13.5% alc/vol.
"It's at once generous, spicy and complex, layered with notes of ginger, honey and the creaminess of lees age and a well-gauged drop of sweetness. A main course Riesling of texture, richness and tremendous dexterity on the table." Tyson Stelzer WBM Sept/Oct 2019
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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