Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2003
We maintain a small library of select back vintage bottles in our cellars at Bannockburn Vineyards.
Minimum Order 6 Units or 3 Magnums (straight or mixed)
- Tasting Notes
MV6 clone of Pinot Noir from some of our oldest vines. The soils are predominantly volcanic, dark loam and clay over limestone base. After a warm growing season fruit in excellent condition was hand harvested in February.
- 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 2004.
- 13.5 % alc/vol. Cork.
Bright red with shades of development. Attractive and lively berry fruits from a warmer season, with forest floor complexity after 15 years in bottle. The retention of cleansing acidity and structure combined with bottle development makes for an excellent food wine to share with like-minded friends.
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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