Bannockburn Douglas 2014
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
Cold and windy conditions at flowering affected particularly the Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon yields and so this vintage of Douglas is Shiraz dominant. It is comprised of 65% Shiraz, 20% Cabernet Sauvignon, 10% Pinot Noir and 5% Merlot all grown at our Bannockburn vineyards. Picked late March to mid-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 half barriques.
- Bottled with light filtration September 2015
- 13.5% alc/vol.
The richness of Shiraz is tempered by the tension of Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot adds sweet fruits and palate continuity while the Pinot Noir lends transparency and versatility with food pairings.
"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
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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