Bannockburn Riesling 2019
We only produce a small amount of Riesling, but it’s a great opportunity to have some fun with one of the “noble” grape varieties.
Minimum Order 6 Units (straight or mixed)
- Tasting Notes
Predominantly made from fruit off the original site planted in 1976, also includes fruit from a vineyard planted in 2015. Picked by hand March 19-26, 2019
- Grapes in ideal condition were picked and whole bunch pressed.
- The juice was allowed to settle overnight, then racked to tank (cold fermentation enhances freshness and drive) and old puncheons (for texture and complexity)
- Racked and bottled in May, 2019.
- 12.5% alc/vol.
Ripe citrus and stone fruit aromatics. The nicely weighted palate is balanced by moderate acid and hint of barrel contact. Drink now or cellar.
"Plenty of texture as you'd expect, effectively into lush territory, though bursts of stone fruit and citrus keep the momentum going, the zip. There's a smoky minerality to this wine, almost a sea-spray element. It works." Campbell Mattinson, Winefront 7/11/2020
We had a fourth consecutive year of good winter rainfall: the soils warmed up slowly which led to normal timing for budburst. A cool, windy spell during springtime flowering resulted in uneven fruit set and lighter than average bunch weights. Over early summer, along with every other east coast wine region we watched the bush fire situation with increasing trepidation. Our luck in avoiding both physical and smoke damage from the fires doesn't begin to offset our feelings for those who didn't...
The summer remained consistently mild and never really heated up at any stage. Growing Degree Days totalled less than 1300 for the first time in many years (...it is normally 1400 GDD)
We managed to maintain access to our picking crew through the bewildering early days of the Covid-19 pandemic and within 2 weeks all the grapes had been picked, just avoiding a heavy dump of rainfall in early April.
The 2020 wines, though very small in quantity are of pleasing high quality.
Our thoughts are with all our friends in hospitality who have had their lives upended this year. Let's hope 2021 is a year we all remember more fondly!
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