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)
- Tasting Notes
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 (winefront.com.au) March 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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