Bannockburn Stuart Pinot Noir 2014

Bannockburn Stuart Pinot Noir 2014

Stuart Hooper founded Bannockburn in 1974; today the business is in the hands of his two daughters. The Stuart label has been used occasionally over the years, loosely tied to our oldest Pinot Noir block (Olive Tree Hill, planted in 1976), but in this case a blend.

Minimum Order 6 Units (straight or mixed)

  • Viticulture
  • Winemaking
  • Tasting Notes

Pinot Noir from the Serré (MV6) and De La Terre blocks (114 and 777), planted in 1982 and 2007 respectively, all of which either 1.0m or 1.2m by 1.2m (vine by row spacing). Picked 4-12 March. 
2014 was the lowest crop in recent history at Bannockburn (45 tonnes in total off our 50 acres of vineyard).

  • Pinot Noir from the two blocks were fermented with indigenous yeast, 80% whole bunch. Élevage for 12 months in primarily Remond Troncais and Bertranges hogsheads (30% new), then racked and returned to older barriques.
  • The best batches were blended and then bottled in September 2015. 
  • 13.5% alc/vol.
Greater transparency and tension than broader 2014 Estate blend, perhaps a consequence of the close planted nature of both blocks. Savoury but supple red fruits and sweet forest floor characters are complemented by natural acidity.
2018 Vintage

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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