Bannockburn Shiraz 2016
Long, slow ripening of Shiraz grapes in this region produces a wine with fully developed flavours, elegance, spice and savoury complexity.
Minimum Order 6 Units (straight or mixed)
- Tasting Notes
A relatively warm season with both budburst and harvest earlier than long term averages. Fruit for this wine was grown at our established Shiraz vineyards. The soils range from dark loam, clay to volcanic scoria and basalt over limestone base. Harvested by hand in mid-March.
- 30% whole bunch fermentation, on skins for 2 weeks. Pressed to tank, settled overnight then racked to French oak hogsheads (20% new).
- Racked to older puncheons after malo-lactic fermentation.
- Bottled August 2017.
- 13.0% alc./vol.
"Harmonious, elegant, yet also complex; olives, pepper and plum, the length perfection. 95 points." James Halliday The Weekend Australian March 2020
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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