Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2016
The single vineyard wines tell unique stories; this wine has been telling the composite story of season at Bannockburn since 1980.
Minimum Order 6 Units (straight or mixed)
- Tasting Notes
Primarily MV6 clone, also 114, 115 and 777, planted in 1976, 1997 and 2007. Picked 18 February - 3 March 2016
- Batches of Pinot Noir from our different blocks were fermented with indigenous yeast, 20% whole bunch in final blend.
- Élevage for 15 months in primarily Troncais and Bertranges hogsheads (20% new), then racked and bottled via light filtration July 2017
- 13.0% alc/vol.
An early budburst and consequent harvest was followed by a warm, dry season. Lifted red fruits and savoury forest floor on the nose, bright acid and fine tannin on the palate. Immediately enjoyable and versatile with regard to food pairings, this wine will reward medium term ageing in cellar.
“The palate is more of the same, clove and toast, twigs and dried but pleasantly sour fruits, quite a bit of concentration here but a suppleness and very even flow. I found this wine very charming, distinct in its non-fruit characters and wonderful in its volume of perfume and flavour while retaining a sense of elegance. A compelling drink." 94 points
– Mike Bennie (winefront.com.au), April 2019
“Deeply coloured; a complex full bodied pinot with dark berry fruits, spice and oak on the bouquet, and an opulently textured palate; firmish tannins ex whole bunches and acidity keep the wine corralled." 94 points.
– James Halliday (winecompanion.com.au), August 2016
"Deeply coloured but not star-bright, an ultra-complex and power-packed pinot, multi-plum flavours surround by a palisade of whole bunch stemmy notes. Cries out for time in bottle." 96 points.
– James Halliday (winecompanion.com.au), 27 July 2015
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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