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
The timing of budburst was consistent with long term average but with picking commencing on 20th February and completion by 22nd March it turned out to be a short compressed vintage. Rather than being hastened by hot weather the season seemed to be shortened due to there being fewer days of excessive heat.(photosynthesis slows and even halts altogether as temperatures rise and water loss increases.)
Overall, it was a solid year for the Moorabool Valley region, we missed the rainfall that was to our east and the heat that was to the north. Bannockburn experienced good rainfall early in the season then it was consistently dry throughout the harvest period. Fruitset and cropping levels of all varieties were well within the ideal range.
Most seasons we would say that either Pinot Noir or Shiraz is favoured but 2018 looks to be a year when both have fared well!
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