Bannockburn Sauvignon Blanc 2019
Our unique site, old vines, limestone soils and organic farming all contribute to a characterful expression of Sauvignon Blanc which nods to the old world for inspiration and the dining table for enjoyment.
Minimum Order 6 Units (straight or mixed)
- Tasting Notes
Primarily from a 1996 planting, mixed clay over limestone soils. Organically farmed with certification from vintage 2021 onwards.
A third of the fruit was destemmed and lightly crushed before fermentation on skins for one week, finishing in older puncheons. A third was whole bunch pressed to puncheons of which 10% was new, and the remainder was whole bunch pressed to tank.
Average timing for harvest has captured the natural acidity and varietal tension from this warm year. Some hint of the puncheons, tropical varietal markers like passionfruit and an array of spice on the nose. Full and yet dry, breadth from the skins, texture from the lees contact and refreshing citrus acid on the palate.
The 2023 growing season started off cold and wet. For the first time since 2011 our dam was full, and in fact overflowed for most of October and November (rainfall for the calendar year of 2022 was 800mm). Budburst was slightly behind average timing, but crops were down significantly: the bunch counts were low in the first place, we had a mild frost in September and the wet weather finally caught up with us via downy mildew. The rain stopped at the end of December.
The overall heat accumulation was the same (1338 Growing Degree Days) as 2021, both seasons on the slightly cooler side of average but differing in that the heat for 2023 was more toward the second half of the season. Veraison occurred in February and then we picked Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Gamay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling in March, and Shiraz and Cabernet/Merlot in the first week of April. The picking weather was pleasant and the fruit arrived at the winery in very good condition.
While quantity was down (especially in Pinot Noir) quality was good: fresh acidity, concentration, colour, tannin and steady fermentations have us looking forward to bottling, and seemingly warmer and drier seasons as El Niño returns.
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