Bannockburn De La Terre Pinot Noir 2013

Bannockburn De La Terre Pinot Noir 2013

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.

  • Viticulture
  • Winemaking
  • Tasting Notes

A single vineyard Pinot Noir: 1.2m x 1.0m row/vine spacing planting, clones 114 and 777. Picked February 28.

  • 100% whole bunch fermentation, indigenous yeast, approximately three weeks on skins.
  • 12 months in French hogsheads (predominately Remond, 30% new), then racked to older puncheons.
  • The best lots were blended, then bottled in September 2014.
  • 12.5% alc/vol.
Cherry cola and spice aromatics lead into a savoury, earthy, complex palate featuring fine tannin and well integrated oak. After a few years in bottle, this wine has evolved and really found its feet. Either cellar for a few more years or enjoy now with a meal befitting this fascinating Pinot Noir. An idiosyncratic wine made by an idiosyncratic winemaker.
2017 Vintage

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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