Bannockburn Shiraz 1999
We maintain a library of select back vintages in 750mL bottles and 1500mL magnums.
Minimum Order 6 Units (straight or mixed)
- Tasting Notes
A blend of two blocks (this wine pre-dates the planting of our De La Roche vineyard); largely own rooted clone PT23.
- Fruit in excellent condition was fermented utilising indigenous yeast, punchdowns occurring 2 or 3 times a day for 20 days.
- Pressed to tank, then racked to barriques (Damy cooperage, 25% new) for élevage.
- Blended and bottled on site in August 2000.
- 14.5 % alc/ vol.
Full garnet red, reflecting a warm growing season. Bright acid lifts the pepper and spice in both the aroma and on the palate. The dark fruits have matured into a more savoury expression of the site; subtle tannin and a gentle contribution of sweetness from the alcohol make for both a warming and food friendly wine.
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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