Bannockburn 1314 a.d. Pinot Noir 2019
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 late February to early-March
- 80% destemmed into 4 ton open fermenters. Wild yeast fermentation, with 15-20 days total skin contact.
- Pressed to French oak hogsheads(10% new) for 8 months élevage, with a Spring malo-lactic fermentation.
- Bottled after light filtration November, 2019.
- 13.5% alc/vol.
Fresh dark fruits are offset by subtle whole bunch lift. Acid is enough to cleanse the palate and balance the richness of this moderately warm, dry season with French oak subtly contributing both aromatics and structure. Suits immediate enjoyment or medium 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
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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