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
We had reasonable rain across winter and so the soils warmed up slowly which led to normal timing for budburst. Fruit-set and cropping levels (especially in Pinot Noir, which had an average bunch weight of 65g) were reduced by some poor weather experienced during flowering. The season warmed up at Christmas and continued through Jan/Feb which resulted in our commencement and completion dates being very similar days to vintage 2018 ( ...with one excessively hot weekend forcing us to pause for a few days). So another short, compressed harvest period at Bannockburn.
Despite the lack of rainfall during early 2019, the vines managed to hold on to a good amount of leaf canopy and so built up root mass and energy stores post-harvest.
At this early stage I am very pleased with quality in almost every regard, with some subtle changes to winemaking producing promising results.
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