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 a fourth consecutive year of good winter rainfall: the soils warmed up slowly which led to normal timing for budburst. A cool, windy spell during springtime flowering resulted in uneven fruit set and lighter than average bunch weights. Over early summer, along with every other east coast wine region we watched the bush fire situation with increasing trepidation. Our luck in avoiding both physical and smoke damage from the fires doesn't begin to offset our feelings for those who didn't...
The summer remained consistently mild and never really heated up at any stage. Growing Degree Days totalled less than 1300 for the first time in many years (...it is normally 1400 GDD)
We managed to maintain access to our picking crew through the bewildering early days of the Covid-19 pandemic and within 2 weeks all the grapes had been picked, just avoiding a heavy dump of rainfall in early April.
The 2020 wines, though very small in quantity are of pleasing high quality.
Our thoughts are with all our friends in hospitality who have had their lives upended this year. Let's hope 2021 is a year we all remember more fondly!
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