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.
Delicate, fragrant orange blossom, ginger and green apple; the textured palate is balanced by cleansing acid ( some dissolved gas persists from fermentation due to minimal handling)
The timing of budburst was consistent with long term average but with picking commencing on 20th February and completion by 22nd March it turned out to be a short compressed vintage. Rather than being hastened by hot weather the season seemed to be shortened due to there being fewer days of excessive heat.(photosynthesis slows and even halts altogether as temperatures rise and water loss increases.)
Overall, it was a solid year for the Moorabool Valley region, we missed the rainfall that was to our east and the heat that was to the north. Bannockburn experienced good rainfall early in the season then it was consistently dry throughout the harvest period. Fruitset and cropping levels of all varieties were well within the ideal range.
Most seasons we would say that either Pinot Noir or Shiraz is favoured but 2018 looks to be a year when both have fared well!
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