Bannockburn Shiraz 2018
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 late start to the season after a third consecutive year of good winter rain, followed by a season of moderate heat and occasional rain. This wine is a blend of grapes from two of our Shiraz blocks: Winery (planted 1990 and 1996) and De La Roche (planted 2007) Unusually both blocks were ready for harvest at same time, picked March 14 and 15.
- Wild yeast fermentation, on skins for an average of 2 weeks.
- 10% whole bunch and additional lots as carbonic maceration.
- Pressed to French oak hogsheads (20% new) for élevage.
- Blended and bottled May 2019.
- 14.2% alc./vol.
Harmonious and elegant dark red fruits, olives, black pepper and spice aromatics. A fine tannin structure underpins supple darker fruits and spice on the palate.
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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