Bannockburn Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 1990 Magnum
We maintain a small library of select back vintage magnum bottles in our cellars at Bannockburn Vineyards.
Minimum Order 3 Units
- Tasting Notes
1976 and 1981 plantings of Cabernet Sauvignon and 1981 planting of Merlot. The soils are a mixture of volcanic, dark loam and clay over limestone base.
Hand picked fruit was destemmed and fermented on skins for an extended maceration. After pressing the juice was matured in French oak barriques of varying ages for 18 months before bottling.
This was a real surprise in recent tasting, very bright given the age, fresh aromas of violet and berries still very much in play. There is obviously more savoury spice and mature characters involved too but this wine is aging gracefully and an absolute bargain! If you need a mature red for a roast this is a great candidate to have on hand.
We had another good year of rain across winter: the soils warmed up slowly which led to normal timing for budburst. The La Niña rains
continued through the first half of the growing season (630mm July to June) but eased after Christmas, although storms and hail were often in the forecast and nearby. Temperatures increased significantly in the second half of the season to a total of 1430 Growing Degree Days.
We started picking Chardonnay early March, and with only a couple of exceptions (Sauv Blanc and Riesling) the yields for every block were
near long term average. The fruit was in very good condition, picking weather was mostly very helpful and all the ferments went smoothly. Malic acid levels are average but most lots will go through malolactic fermentation in the
At this stage the wines show promise: a nice balance of stone fruits and citrus in the Chardonnay, structure and transparency to season and site in the Pinot Noir and Shiraz.
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