Bannockburn De La Roche Shiraz 2013
One of our three close-planted blocks, in this case planted to Shiraz. Volcanic debris throughout this block is the inspiration for the very apt name (translated as 'of the rocks').
Minimum Order 6 Units (straight or mixed)
- Tasting Notes & Reviews
A single vineyard Shiraz: 1.2m x 1.0m row/vine spacing, Bests Old Block and Tahbilk R6WV28 clones. Low yields of about 500gm per vine.
Wild yeast fermentation and 100% whole cluster influence followed by maturation in French oak puncheons for 24 months. THe 2013 season produced wines of great power and structure. Often the most savoury of our Shiraz blocks, this wine is released after some years settling in bottle.
This is a museum release in limited supply and is drinking well now so please do make the most of this offer! This was also the third vintage bottled from our close planted Shiraz vineyard.
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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