Bannockburn Serré Pinot Noir 2022

Bannockburn Serré Pinot Noir 2022

Serré, planted in 1984 and extended in 1986, likely the oldest high-density planting of Pinot Noir in Australia. Naturally low yielding, this vineyard is responsible for some of our finest, most powerful and most long-lived Pinot Noir wines.

Minimum Order 6 Units (straight or mixed)

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Certified organic in 2021, this vineyard is planted to 1.2m x 1.2m vine spacing, MV6 clone Pinot Noir on own roots. North-south row orientation on a complex soil profile of mixed clay over weathered basalt and limestone with volcanic surface material.

Fruit was handpicked between 21-23rd March, then completely destemmed, and fermented on skins for 10 days, before pressing to French oak hogshead barrels of which 33% was new. The wine was then left undisturbed and went through malolactic fermentation in Spring and was blended and bottled in February.

The 2022 vintage offers a wine of quiet power, intensity, and deep old vine concentration. Tightly coiled in its youth but as the wine relaxes, the layers will emerge.

96 points. This release is a wonder to behold. It’s firm, svelte, powerful and complex, with terrific length and all-round conviction. It’s a wine with X-factor. It tastes of earth and macerated cherries, strawberries and woodsy spice, undergrowth and fresh beet. It captivates you at hello and makes you sorrowful at goodbye. This is Bannockburn at its best, its greatness bell clear. Campbell Mattinson,
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2023 Vintage

The 2023 growing season started off cold and wet. For the first time since 2011 our dam was full, and in fact overflowed for most of October and November (rainfall for the calendar year of 2022 was 800mm). Budburst was slightly behind average timing, but crops were down significantly: the bunch counts were low in the first place, we had a mild frost in September and the wet weather finally caught up with us via downy mildew. The rain stopped at the end of December.

The overall heat accumulation was the same (1338 Growing Degree Days) as 2021, both seasons on the slightly cooler side of average but differing in that the heat for 2023 was more toward the second half of the season. Veraison occurred in February and then we picked Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Gamay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling in March, and Shiraz and Cabernet/Merlot in the first week of April. The picking weather was pleasant and the fruit arrived at the winery in very good condition.

While quantity was down (especially in Pinot Noir) quality was good: fresh acidity, concentration, colour, tannin and steady fermentations have us looking forward to bottling, and seemingly warmer and drier seasons as El Niño returns.

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