Bannockburn De La Roche Shiraz 2015

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)

  • Viticulture
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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.

 

2012

"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

2019 Vintage

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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