Bannockburn Sauvignon Blanc 2016
Sitting between the aromatic Riesling and classic Chardonnays on our list is our Sauvignon Blanc; we aim to make a lively wine with texture and complexity.
Minimum Order 6 Units (straight or mixed)
- Tasting Notes
Primarily from a 1996 planting on the eastern edge of the Winery Block, but for the first time including a tonne from a new planting at Olive Tree Hill (all clone F4V6). Picked 16-18 February.
- 1/3 was de-stemmed and lightly crushed before fermentation on skins for one week, finishing in older puncheons.
- 1/3 was whole bunch pressed to puncheons and the remainder whole bunch pressed to tank (net new puncheons 10%).
- The wine was fermented to dryness before blending and bottling in August 2016.
- 13.0% acl/vol.
An early harvest maintained natural acidity and varietal tension in this otherwise warm year. Some hint of the puncheons, varietal marker green peas and spice on the nose. Full and yet dry, breadth from the skins, texture from the lees contact and yet refreshing acid on the palate.
"Indeed it’s quite delicious. Complexity is rarely this out-and-out more-ish. It’s bursting with lime soda and honeycomb, passionfruit and white flowers, a subtle grassy note whispering very softly. You can quaff it. You can contemplate it. You can delight in its soft, sensual persona. It works from all angles. And it has excellent length." 93 points.
- Campbell Mattinson (winefront.com.au) March 2018
“The Bannockburn credo is to find every bit of flavour and texture in the grapes - a Mike Tyson approach. It works very well, the power of the punch of the fruit well able to withstand the extreme vinification methods. Sauvignon Blanc seldom looks like this." 95 points.
- Halliday Wine Magazine Aug/Sept 2016
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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