Bannockburn Shiraz 2015
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 dry and moderately warm growing season and a return to normal crop levels after the scarce yields of 2014. Fruit for this wine was grown at our established Shiraz vineyards. The soils are mainly volcanic scoria over basalt, clay and loam with a limestone base. Grapes harvested by hand in mid-March.
- 20% whole bunch fermentation, on skins for 2 weeks. Pressed to tank, settled overnight then racked to French oak puncheons (20% new) for élevage.
- After 16 months maturation, blended and bottled in July 2016.
- 14% alc/vol.
With elegant dark red fruits, olives and spice flavours, the mid-weight palate reflects the excellent growing season..
The timing of budburst was consistent with long term average but with picking commencing on 20th February and completion by 22nd March it turned out to be a short compressed vintage. Rather than being hastened by hot weather the season seemed to be shortened due to there being fewer days of excessive heat.(photosynthesis slows and even halts altogether as temperatures rise and water loss increases.)
Overall, it was a solid year for the Moorabool Valley region, we missed the rainfall that was to our east and the heat that was to the north. Bannockburn experienced good rainfall early in the season then it was consistently dry throughout the harvest period. Fruitset and cropping levels of all varieties were well within the ideal range.
Most seasons we would say that either Pinot Noir or Shiraz is favoured but 2018 looks to be a year when both have fared well!
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