Bannockburn Douglas 2016
The Douglas tells a multi-variety story of our vineyards every year, often composed of grapes from all three properties.
Minimum Order 6 Units (straight or mixed)
- Tasting Notes
A dry and relatively warm growing season, with budburst and consequently harvest being earlier than long term averages. The 2016 Douglas is comprised of 68% Cabernet Sauvignon, 28% Pinot Noir and 4% Merlot.
- Separate batches of Cabernet Sauvignon, Pinot Noir and Merlot fruit fermented using indigenous yeasts. Pressed to French oak for 15 months élevage.
- Blended and bottled with light filtration August 2017
- 14.0% alc/vol.
"It's truffly and spicy, tomato bush-y and cherried.There are blackcurrant notes, game influences, herb and floral nuances. The whole box and dice, basically."
- Campbell Mattinson (winefront.com.au), Sept. 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!
Stay up to date with news, events and impending new releases from Bannockburn Vineyards.