Bannockburn Shiraz 2020
Long, slow ripening of Shiraz grapes in this region allows fully developed flavours, in the cool climate spectrum.
Minimum Order 6 Units (straight or mixed)
- Tasting Notes & Reviews
This wine is a blend of grapes from two of our Shiraz blocks: Winery Block planted in 1990 and extended in 1996, and the De La Roche close planted vineyard planted in 2007.
Wild yeast fermentation with 10% whole clusters and additional lots as carbonic maceration, followed by maturation in French oak hogsheads of which 10% was new, for 10 months. Blended and then bottled in Feb 2021
A much cooler 2020 season in our region has offered up an elegant and fragrant expression of medium bodied cool climate shiraz. Harmonious and elegant red fruits, olives, black pepper and spice aromatics. A fine elegant structure and tannin profile, and a cleansing finish of good persistence.
We had another good year of rain across winter: the soils warmed up slowly which led to normal timing for budburst. The La Niña rains
continued through the first half of the growing season (630mm July to June) but eased after Christmas, although storms and hail were often in the forecast and nearby. Temperatures increased significantly in the second half of the season to a total of 1430 Growing Degree Days.
We started picking Chardonnay early March, and with only a couple of exceptions (Sauv Blanc and Riesling) the yields for every block were
near long term average. The fruit was in very good condition, picking weather was mostly very helpful and all the ferments went smoothly. Malic acid levels are average but most lots will go through malolactic fermentation in the
At this stage the wines show promise: a nice balance of stone fruits and citrus in the Chardonnay, structure and transparency to season and site in the Pinot Noir and Shiraz.
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