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.
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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