Bannockburn Shiraz 2018
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 late start to the season after a third consecutive year of good winter rain, followed by a season of moderate heat and occasional rain. This wine is a blend of grapes from two of our Shiraz blocks: Winery (planted 1990 and 1996) and De La Roche (planted 2007) Unusually both blocks were ready for harvest at same time, picked March 14 and 15.
- Wild yeast fermentation, on skins for an average of 2 weeks.
- 10% whole bunch and additional lots as carbonic maceration.
- Pressed to French oak hogsheads (20% new) for élevage.
- Blended and bottled May 2019.
- 14.2% 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 fifth good year of rain across winter: the soils warmed up slowly which led to normal timing for budburst. The La Nina rains continued through the first half of the growing season (total 730mm for 2020) making for very healthy vines/dense canopies. The rain eased early in the new year and it warmed up slightly but heat accumulation only totalled 1340 Growing Degree Days. The organic blocks performed so strongly that we will extend organic accreditation to the remainder of the vineyard in the next few years.
We started the harvest early-March with picking Chardonnay , due to the small Pinot Noir crop we only picked roughly every second or third day through to the final pick of Shiraz which was just after Easter : a slow moving harvest.
The fruit was in very good condition, and all the ferments went smoothly. Malic acid levels are very high, the wines will need to wait until Spring to go through malolactic fermentation.
At this early 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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