Bannockburn De La Roche Shiraz 2015
One of our three close-planted blocks, in this case planted to Shiraz. Volcanic debris throughout this block is the inspiration for the very apt name (translated as “of the rocks”).
Minimum Order 6 Units (straight or mixed)
- Tasting Notes
A single vineyard Shiraz: 1.2m x 1.0m row/vine spacing, Bests Old Block and Tahbilk R6WV28 clones. Picked March 18.
- 50% whole bunch fermentation, indigenous yeast, approximately two weeks on skins.
- Pressed and racked to new (25%) and old puncheons, then filtered and bottled in August, 2016.
- 13.0% alc/vol.
The aromas open to a complex of olive, spice and lift from the whole bunch fermentation, with blue fruits and a hint of oak. Fine, chalky tannins suggest ageing will be rewarded; the savoury notes lend the wine to a range of food pairings. We recommend decanting this Shiraz; give it time to breathe and allow the wine to open up fully for maximum drinking enjoyment.
"Second release ex new close-planted shiraz vineyard (10000 vines per hectare), yielding 500 gms per vine. A super-elegant, highly fragrant spice, pepper, black cherry and blackberry compote that is deceptively light on its feet; fine but distinctly savoury tannins provide complexity and structure." 96 points.
James Halliday (Wine Companion Magazine), October 2014
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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