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 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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