Bannockburn De La Terre Pinot Noir 2015

Bannockburn De La Terre Pinot Noir 2015

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)

  • Viticulture
  • Winemaking
  • Tasting Notes

A single vineyard Pinot Noir: 1.2m x 1.0m row/vine spacing planting, clones 114 and 777. Picked March 2-3.

  • 10% 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 May, 2016.
  • 13.5% 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.
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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