Bannockburn Range Shiraz 2012
This Shiraz comes from our oldest vineyard, planted in 1974. Range is only produced in years when the fruit from this site looks quite exceptional so is kept separate and is made as a single vineyard wine.
Minimum Order 6 Units (straight or mixed)
- Tasting Notes
The slightly more fertile soils of Range block result in larger vine leaf area: fruit weight ratio, and more powerful expression of Shiraz relative to our Winery blocks. Considered a classic season, the 2012 wines are a pure expression of variety and site. Grapes hand-picked March 22.
- Whole bunch fermentation, indigenous yeast and careful maturing of wine in French oak puncheons with the aim of telling the story of site and season as authentically as possible. Bottled Feb. 2014
- 13.5% alc/ vol.
Ripe field fruits, some evocative savoury tones and subliminal oak; this archetypal Range has the structure to age well or enjoy now with hearty winter dishes.
“Made from the original shiraz planting of 1.66ha. in '74, and the sheer intensity of fruit at 9 yo is as remarkable as the colour." 96 points. 96 points.
- James Halliday (winecompanion.com.au), August 2016
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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