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.
2018 Vintage

The timing of budburst was consistent with long term average but with picking commencing on 20th February and completion by 22nd March it turned out to be a short compressed vintage. Rather than being hastened by hot weather the season seemed to be shortened due to there being fewer days of excessive heat.(photosynthesis slows and even halts altogether as temperatures rise and water loss increases.)

Overall, it was a solid year for the Moorabool Valley region, we missed the rainfall that was to our east and the heat that was to the north. Bannockburn experienced good rainfall early in the season then it was consistently dry throughout the harvest period. Fruitset and cropping levels of all varieties were well within the ideal range.

Most seasons we would say that either Pinot Noir or Shiraz is favoured but 2018 looks to be a year when both have fared well!

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