Bannockburn De La Terre Pinot Noir 2019
De la Terre vineyard meaning ‘of the earth’. Volcanic topsoil, and various clays and sands over limestone are typical of our site. The combination of east-west aligned rows on the flat and north-south rows on an east facing slope captures even more detail of the complex terroir.
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- Tasting Notes & Reviews
A single vineyard Pinot Noir planting from 2007: 1.2m x 1.0m row/vine spacing planting, clones 114 and 777. NAASA certified organic 2021.
10% whole bunch fermentation, indigenous yeast, approximately two weeks on skins. 12 months in French hogsheads (20% new). The best barrels were blended, then bottled in January, 2019.
Whole bunch and whole berry fermentation, 20% new oak. Cola, cherry, beetroot and spice aromatics lead into a savoury and complex palate featuring fine tannin and well-integrated oak.
‘There’s a fair amount of wildness here in that it’s slung with sap and herb notes but it’s also taut, controlled and lengthy; for all the frolic it feels confidently handled. That said, let me be doubly clear: this is a sappy style. It has tangy acidity, stem-like notes, tangerine and red cherry, earth and an aspect of rhubarb. It’s all these things but it’s also cohesive. Cedarwood oak slips around and helps combine it all. It can be enjoyed now but its best will start from a couple of years hence.’ 94 points. Campbell Mattinson, winefront.com.au, November 2021.
We had another good year of rain across winter: the soils warmed up slowly which led to normal timing for budburst. The La Niña rains
continued through the first half of the growing season (630mm July to June) but eased after Christmas, although storms and hail were often in the forecast and nearby. Temperatures increased significantly in the second half of the season to a total of 1430 Growing Degree Days.
We started picking Chardonnay early March, and with only a couple of exceptions (Sauv Blanc and Riesling) the yields for every block were
near long term average. The fruit was in very good condition, picking weather was mostly very helpful and all the ferments went smoothly. Malic acid levels are average but most lots will go through malolactic fermentation in the
At this 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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