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.
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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