Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2002 Magnum
We maintain a small library of select back vintage magnum (1500ml) bottles in our cellars at Bannockburn Vineyards. Due to low stock level of aged magnums, sales limited to 3 per customer.
Minimum Order 6 Units or 3 Magnums (straight or mixed)
- Tasting Notes
Primarily MV6 clone of Pinot Noir grown at our Olive Tree Hill vineyard, planted in 1976. The soils are predominantly volcanic, dark loam and clay over limestone base. Poor weather during flowering reduced the crop to about 1 ton/acre. Hand harvested in March.
- Fruit in excellent condition was fermented utilising indigenous yeast, punchdowns occurring 2 or 3 times a day for 25 days. Pressed to tank, then racked to barriques (Damy cooperage, 25% new) for élevage.
- Blended and bottled on site with light filtration in May 2003.
- 14.0 % alc.
Bright red with shades of development. Attractive and concentrated berry fruits with forest floor complexity. The retention of cleansing acidity and structure combined with bottle development makes it an excellent and interesting wine to share with a group of like-minded friends.
We had reasonable rain across winter and so the soils warmed up slowly which led to normal timing for budburst. Fruit-set and cropping levels (especially in Pinot Noir, which had an average bunch weight of 65g) were reduced by some poor weather experienced during flowering. The season warmed up at Christmas and continued through Jan/Feb which resulted in our commencement and completion dates being very similar days to vintage 2018 ( ...with one excessively hot weekend forcing us to pause for a few days). So another short, compressed harvest period at Bannockburn.
Despite the lack of rainfall during early 2019, the vines managed to hold on to a good amount of leaf canopy and so built up root mass and energy stores post-harvest.
At this early stage I am very pleased with quality in almost every regard, with some subtle changes to winemaking producing promising results.
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