Riesling 2023

Riesling 2023

Riesling was one of the original varieties planted at Olive Tree Hill vineyard in 1976. The beauty of this variety from our site is in the way it expresses the character and complexity of our unique limestone rich soils

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Bannockburn Riesling is made predominantly from an acre of vines at Olive Tree Hill planted in 1976 on own roots, which sits at the top of the north facing slope. Included in the blend is a small vineyard planted in 2015 as an extension of the Winery Block.

Handpicked fruit was whole bunch pressed, settled over night, and racked to tank for temperature-controlled fermentation in stainless steel. After fermentation the wine was racked to a combination of stainless steel and old barrels for a 3-month maturation on lees prior to bottling.

94 points. I love the perfume of this, the cuts of apple, the lingers of bath salts and brine, the sustained exuberance. There’s joy in this wine but there’s also structure and length. Bannockburn riesling is under appreciated in my view. You can drink this for the pure pleasure of it but it holds up to scrutiny too. Campbell Mattinson, winefront.com.au.

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Sauvignon Blanc 2023
Regular price $35
Chardonnay 2023
Regular price $75
Pinot Noir 2023
Regular price $75
Gamay 2023
Regular price $45 Sold out
Shiraz 2021
Regular price $45
2023 Vintage

The 2023 growing season started off cold and wet. For the first time since 2011 our dam was full, and in fact overflowed for most of October and November (rainfall for the calendar year of 2022 was 800mm). Budburst was slightly behind average timing, but crops were down significantly: the bunch counts were low in the first place, we had a mild frost in September and the wet weather finally caught up with us via downy mildew. The rain stopped at the end of December.

The overall heat accumulation was the same (1338 Growing Degree Days) as 2021, both seasons on the slightly cooler side of average but differing in that the heat for 2023 was more toward the second half of the season. Veraison occurred in February and then we picked Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Gamay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling in March, and Shiraz and Cabernet/Merlot in the first week of April. The picking weather was pleasant and the fruit arrived at the winery in very good condition.

While quantity was down (especially in Pinot Noir) quality was good: fresh acidity, concentration, colour, tannin and steady fermentations have us looking forward to bottling, and seemingly warmer and drier seasons as El Niño returns.

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