Bannockburn Cabernet Sauvignon/Merlot 2000
We maintain a small library of select back vintage bottles in our cellars at Bannockburn Vineyards.
Minimum Order 6 Units (straight or mixed)
- 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.
We are always surprised by the quality of these older vintages of Cabernet at Bannockburn and this wine is testament to that fact, whilst it is at maturity the structure, acidity and balance of the wine is still in check and there is underlying cassis and violet typical of Cabernet Sauvignon, along side the more woody and savory characters of our site, finishing with very pleasant softness and sweetness courtesy of the Merlot.
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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