Bannockburn De La Roche Shiraz 2018
One of our three close-planted blocks, in this case planted to Shiraz. Volcanic debris throughout this block is the inspiration for the very apt name (translated as 'of the rocks').
Minimum Order 6 Units (straight or mixed)
- Tasting Notes & Reviews
Good winter rains and normal timing for budburst was followed by a moderate growing season with average warmth and rainfall.
Wild yeast fermentation with partial whole bunches and carbonic maceration influence followed by maturation in French oak hogsheads for 15 months. Often the most savoury of our Shiraz blocks, this wine is released after some years settling in bottle.
Ripe fruit aromas of cherries and fruit compote open up to a complex nose of spice, with lift from the whole bunch fermentation. Darker red berry fruits, olives, and integrated oak present on the palate, firm dusty tannins suggest decanting otherwise ageing will be rewarded.
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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