Bannockburn Shiraz 2017
Long, slow ripening of Shiraz grapes in this region produces a wine with fully developed flavours, elegance, spice and savoury complexity.
Minimum Order 6 Units (straight or mixed)
- Tasting Notes
Budburst and harvest returned to long-term average timing, framing a season of only moderate warmth. This wine is a blend of grapes from all three of our Shiraz blocks: Range Rd. (planted 1974), Winery (planted 1990) and De La Roche (planted 2007) The soils range from dark loam, clay to volcanic scoria and basalt over limestone base. Harvested by hand March 28th through to April 7th.
- 10% whole bunch fermentation, on skins for 2 weeks. Pressed to French oak hogsheads (20% new) for élevage.
- Blended and bottled May 2018.
- 12.5% alc./vol.
Harmonious and elegant dark red fruits, olives, black pepper and spice aromatics. A fine tannin structure underpins supple darker fruits and spice on the palate.
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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