Bannockburn De La Terre Pinot Noir 2018
Volcanic topsoil, and mixed clays and sands over limestone are typical of our site, and so this wine is named De La Terre, meaning “of the earth”. The combination of east-west aligned rows on a flat and north-south rows on a east facing slope captures even more detail of the terroir.
Minimum Order 6 Units (straight or mixed)
- Tasting Notes
A single vineyard Pinot Noir: 1.2m x 1.0m row/vine spacing planting, clones 114 and 777. Picked March 1-7.
- 10% whole bunch fermentation, indigenous yeast, approximately two weeks on skins.
- 12 months in French hogsheads (20% new)
- The best barrels were blended, then bottled in January, 2019
- 13.0% alc/ vol.
Whole bunch and whole berry fermentation manifest as transparency in this wine, maintained in the relatively inert puncheon oak format. Cola (perhaps from the 777 clone) and spice aromatics lead into a savoury and complex palate featuring fine tannin and well integrated oak.
"The fragrance is all about spices, red and blue berries, forest floor and autumnal shades. Medium bodied, warm and free-flowing. Generous in tannin, sporting a sweet spot of confection, licorice and dark chocolate. 94pts." Jeni Port, winecompanion.com.au
We had a fourth consecutive year of good winter rainfall: the soils warmed up slowly which led to normal timing for budburst. A cool, windy spell during springtime flowering resulted in uneven fruit set and lighter than average bunch weights. Over early summer, along with every other east coast wine region we watched the bush fire situation with increasing trepidation. Our luck in avoiding both physical and smoke damage from the fires doesn't begin to offset our feelings for those who didn't...
The summer remained consistently mild and never really heated up at any stage. Growing Degree Days totalled less than 1300 for the first time in many years (...it is normally 1400 GDD)
We managed to maintain access to our picking crew through the bewildering early days of the Covid-19 pandemic and within 2 weeks all the grapes had been picked, just avoiding a heavy dump of rainfall in early April.
The 2020 wines, though very small in quantity are of pleasing high quality.
Our thoughts are with all our friends in hospitality who have had their lives upended this year. Let's hope 2021 is a year we all remember more fondly!
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