Bannockburn 1314AD Pinot Noir 2017
Named for the year of the Battle of Bannockburn. We make this wine with bistro lunch in our minds; stylistically fresh, vibrant and made for immediate drinking enjoyment but will also reward five to eight years cellaring.
Minimum Order 6 Units (straight or mixed)
- Tasting Notes
From our ‘young’ Ann’s Pinot Noir block, planted in 2003–2004 to 114, 115 and MV6 clones. Hand harvested mid-March to early-April
- 80% destemmed into 4 tonne open fermenters. Wild yeast fermentation, with 15-20 days of total skin contact.
- Pressed to French oak barriques (20% new) for 8 months élevage, with a Spring malo-lactic fermentation.
- Bottled after light filtration November 6, 2017.
- 13.0% alc/vol.
Fresh medium weight forest and fruits are offset by subtle whole bunch lift. Acid is enough to cleanse the palate; the gentle and perfumed nature of the harvest is to the fore, with French oak subtlety contributing both aromatics and structure. Suits immediate enjoyment or short term development in cellar.
"Cherry, cranberry, fistfuls of spice, mineral and woodsmoke. Beet too, maybe. It's the juicy, fluid succulent side of cerebral. This is a smart wine".
- Campbell Mattinson (winefront.com.au) Sept. 2018
The timing of budburst was consistent with long term average but with picking commencing on 20th February and completion by 22nd March it turned out to be a short compressed vintage. Rather than being hastened by hot weather the season seemed to be shortened due to there being fewer days of excessive heat.(photosynthesis slows and even halts altogether as temperatures rise and water loss increases.)
Overall, it was a solid year for the Moorabool Valley region, we missed the rainfall that was to our east and the heat that was to the north. Bannockburn experienced good rainfall early in the season then it was consistently dry throughout the harvest period. Fruitset and cropping levels of all varieties were well within the ideal range.
Most seasons we would say that either Pinot Noir or Shiraz is favoured but 2018 looks to be a year when both have fared well!
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