Bannockburn 1314 a.d. Blanc 2019

Bannockburn 1314 a.d. Blanc 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.

Minimum Order 6 Units (straight or mixed)

  • Viticulture
  • Winemaking
  • Tasting Notes
  • Reviews

Chardonnay (50%) predominantly sourced from 1997 and 2016 plantings (Bernard clones). Sauvignon Blanc (41%) primarily from a 1996 planting also includes a parcel of fruit from an older block which is now part of our organic farming zone. Riesling (9%) grown from 1976 and 2015 plantings. Soils mainly dark clay and loam over weathered basalt and limestone.

  • Chardonnay wild fermented in French oak hogsheads, undergoing full mlf. 
  • Sauvignon Blanc part-fermented on skins.
  • Riesling fermented in temperature controlled tank
  • Blending, filtration and bottling November 2019.
  • 13.5% alc/vol.

   Ideally a blend where the best attributes of each variety complement those of   the other two: rich stone fruits from the Chardonnay, tension and a herbaceous note from the Sauvignon Blanc, citrus drive from the Riesling. 



"Straw-yellow. Lots of juicy flavour. A joy to drink. Feels free and unfettered every step of the way. Ginger beer, tinned pears, stonefruit and apples. I haven’t seen the winemaking specs but it has a ‘natural’ feel to it, in the best of ways. You just want to keep coming back for more, the best recommendation. The intriguing side of delicious. " 93 points.

- Campbell Mattinson ( March 2018

2019 Vintage

We had reasonable rain across winter and so the soils warmed up slowly which led to normal timing for budburst. Fruit-set and cropping levels (especially in Pinot Noir, which had an average bunch weight of 65g) were reduced by some poor weather experienced during flowering. The season warmed up at Christmas and continued through Jan/Feb which resulted in our commencement and completion dates being very similar days to vintage 2018 ( ...with one excessively hot weekend forcing us to pause for a few days). So another short, compressed harvest period at Bannockburn. 

Despite the lack of rainfall during early 2019, the vines managed to hold on to a good amount of leaf canopy and so built up root mass and energy stores post-harvest.

At this early stage I am very pleased with quality in almost every regard, with some subtle changes to winemaking producing promising results. 

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