Bannockburn Sauvignon Blanc 2017
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 2-22 March.
- 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 2017.
- 11.5% acl/vol.
A return to "normal" timing for harvest captured the natural acidity and varietal tension from this only moderately 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 refreshing citrus acids on the palate.
"A 100% varietal with compelling aroma: cold tea, white flowers and acacia blossom, complex and earthy. The palate is glorious - at once taut with fine acidity yet flavoursome with creamed honey, pine needles and bursting with life." 95 points.
- Jane Faulkner winecompanion.com.au August 2017
“You can throw this into a large-bowled glass and treat it like chardonnay, such is its texture and weight, though of course its flavour profile is all sauvignon blanc. Or a sophisticated version of the variety in any case. Clear lines of smoke and lemongrass, gravel and citrus with almond and floral notes for good measure. Acid darts through the palate but there's some chub to the texture, courtesy of its time on skins. Short-medium term time should be kind." 93 points.
- Campbell Mattinson, winecompanion.com.au Aug.2018
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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