Bannockburn Shiraz 2015
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
A dry and moderately warm growing season and a return to normal crop levels after the scarce yields of 2014. Fruit for this wine was grown at our established Shiraz vineyards. The soils are mainly volcanic scoria over basalt, clay and loam with a limestone base. Grapes harvested by hand in mid-March.
- 20% whole bunch fermentation, on skins for 2 weeks. Pressed to tank, settled overnight then racked to French oak puncheons (20% new) for élevage.
- After 16 months maturation, blended and bottled in July 2016.
- 14% alc/vol.
With elegant dark red fruits, olives and spice flavours, the mid-weight palate reflects the excellent growing season..
We had reasonable rain across winter and so the soils warmed up slowly which led to normal timing for budburst. Fruit-set and cropping levels (especially in Pinot Noir, which had an average bunch weight of 65g) were reduced by some poor weather experienced during flowering. The season warmed up at Christmas and continued through Jan/Feb which resulted in our commencement and completion dates being very similar days to vintage 2018 ( ...with one excessively hot weekend forcing us to pause for a few days). So another short, compressed harvest period at Bannockburn.
Despite the lack of rainfall during early 2019, the vines managed to hold on to a good amount of leaf canopy and so built up root mass and energy stores post-harvest.
At this early stage I am very pleased with quality in almost every regard, with some subtle changes to winemaking producing promising results.
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