Bannockburn Stuart Pinot Noir 2014
Stuart Hooper founded Bannockburn in 1974; today the business is in the hands of his two daughters. The Stuart label has been used occasionally over the years, loosely tied to our oldest Pinot Noir block (Olive Tree Hill, planted in 1976), but in this case a blend.
Minimum Order 6 Units (straight or mixed)
- Tasting Notes
Pinot Noir from the Serré (MV6) and De La Terre blocks (114 and 777), planted in 1982 and 2007 respectively, all of which either 1.0m or 1.2m by 1.2m (vine by row spacing). Picked 4-12 March.
2014 was the lowest crop in recent history at Bannockburn (45 tonnes in total off our 50 acres of vineyard).
- Pinot Noir from the two blocks were fermented with indigenous yeast, 80% whole bunch. Élevage for 12 months in primarily Remond Troncais and Bertranges hogsheads (30% new), then racked and returned to older barriques.
- The best batches were blended and then bottled in September 2015.
- 13.5% alc/vol.
We had a fourth consecutive year of good winter rainfall: the soils warmed up slowly which led to normal timing for budburst. A cool, windy spell during springtime flowering resulted in uneven fruit set and lighter than average bunch weights. Over early summer, along with every other east coast wine region we watched the bush fire situation with increasing trepidation. Our luck in avoiding both physical and smoke damage from the fires doesn't begin to offset our feelings for those who didn't...
The summer remained consistently mild and never really heated up at any stage. Growing Degree Days totalled less than 1300 for the first time in many years (...it is normally 1400 GDD)
We managed to maintain access to our picking crew through the bewildering early days of the Covid-19 pandemic and within 2 weeks all the grapes had been picked, just avoiding a heavy dump of rainfall in early April.
The 2020 wines, though very small in quantity are of pleasing high quality.
Our thoughts are with all our friends in hospitality who have had their lives upended this year. Let's hope 2021 is a year we all remember more fondly!
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