Bannockburn De La Roche Shiraz 2015
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
A single vineyard Shiraz: 1.2m x 1.0m row/vine spacing, Bests Old Block and Tahbilk R6WV28 clones. Picked March 18.
- 50% whole bunch fermentation, indigenous yeast, approximately two weeks on skins.
- Pressed and racked to new (25%) and old puncheons, then filtered and bottled in August, 2016.
- 13.0% alc/vol.
The aromas open to a complex of olive, spice and lift from the whole bunch fermentation, with blue fruits and a hint of oak. Fine, chalky tannins suggest ageing will be rewarded; the savoury notes lend the wine to a range of food pairings. We recommend decanting this Shiraz; give it time to breathe and allow the wine to open up fully for maximum drinking enjoyment.
"Second release ex new close-planted shiraz vineyard (10000 vines per hectare), yielding 500 gms per vine. A super-elegant, highly fragrant spice, pepper, black cherry and blackberry compote that is deceptively light on its feet; fine but distinctly savoury tannins provide complexity and structure." 96 points.
James Halliday (Wine Companion Magazine), October 2014
We had a fifth good year of rain across winter: the soils warmed up slowly which led to normal timing for budburst. The La Nina rains continued through the first half of the growing season (total 730mm for 2020) making for very healthy vines/dense canopies. The rain eased early in the new year and it warmed up slightly but heat accumulation only totalled 1340 Growing Degree Days. The organic blocks performed so strongly that we will extend organic accreditation to the remainder of the vineyard in the next few years.
We started the harvest early-March with picking Chardonnay , due to the small Pinot Noir crop we only picked roughly every second or third day through to the final pick of Shiraz which was just after Easter : a slow moving harvest.
The fruit was in very good condition, and all the ferments went smoothly. Malic acid levels are very high, the wines will need to wait until Spring to go through malolactic fermentation.
At this early 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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