Bannockburn Douglas 2013
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
The 2013 growing season produced deep coloured wines characterised by their richness, power and weight. This blend of Douglas is comprised of 57% Cabernet Sauvignon, 24% Merlot and 19% Pinot Noir all grown at our Bannockburn vineyards. Picked 2-3 April.
- Separate batches of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot and Pinot Noir fruit fermented using indigenous yeasts. Pressed to hogsheads for 12 months élevage, racked, blended and returned to seasoned puncheons.
- Bottled December, 2014.
- 13.5% alc/vol.
Blackcurrant, tobacco, leaf mulch and savoury characters on the nose. The palate is dense with cassis, liquorice and black olives all kept in check with a long line of fine powdery tannins.
"Really meaty scents, loads of green pepper and beetroot and briar too. That fantastic feral kind of scent, angry, wild, mashed fruit in undergrowth, grapes moulting off vines. Wild in flavours too, more meat and savouriness, black plums, salty liquorice, but silky as fresh satin sheets, long, settling in the palate with ultra fine tannins and cool acidity. It’s really captivating. I imagine sitting over this wine for a very long time." 93+ Points
- Mike Bennie (winefront.com.au), October 2016
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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