Bannockburn Douglas 2017
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
Budburst and harvest returned to long-term average timing, framing a moderately warm season, with picking April 19th. The 2017 Douglas is comprised of 82% Cabernet Sauvignon, 11% Shiraz and 7% Merlot.
- Separate batches of Cabernet Sauvignon, Shiraz and Merlot fruit fermented using indigenous yeasts. Pressed to French oak (20% new) for élevage.
- Blended and bottled May 2018
- 13.7 % alc/vol.
Aromatically, the essence of Cabernet - cedar, cassis and tomato leaf. The Shiraz brings white pepper and freshly turned earth. Merlot softens the palate and brings a plushness to the fruit profile and mouthfeel. Tannin is firm and fine.
" There's a huge amount going on. It feels cool and fragrant; it's built on acidity; it lingers; it includes a herbal dustiness but it's in the context of juicy, lively, light-styled fruit. It still feels very young as a four year old. This is good gear. 92pt"
- Campbell Mattinson (winefront.com.au), Nov. 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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