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
Budburst and harvest returned to long term average timing for the 2016/17 growing season. Picking commenced on March 2, and was completed by April 21.
After excellent winter rain, the season was moderately dry (mostly consisting of heavier rainfall events rather than light rain), and only very occasionally hot.
A fuller canopy of leaves slowed the ripening of all varieties, and retained greater natural acidity. Sugar concentration at harvest and final alcohol levels are low, but flavours are vibrant and typical of both variety and site.
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