Shiraz 2013

Shiraz 2013

We maintain a small library of back vintage bottles in our cellars for release at a later date. We select wines that will benefit from some extended maturation. Bannockburn Shiraz is generally a great candidate for long term bottle ageing.

  • Viticulture
  • Winemaking
  • Tasting Note

This wine is a blend of grapes from two of our Shiraz blocks: Winery Block planted in 1990 and extended in 1996, and the De La Roche close planted vineyard planted in 2007. Organic farming principles underpin all decisions in the vineyard.

Hand-picked, open-fermented, 60% whole bunches, 20-35 days on skins, pressed to French hogsheads (one-third new), after 12 months racked to older barriques for a further 7 months.

An elegant and complex nose of spice, pepper, black cherry and blackberry compote that is deceptively elegant for a firm wine; but with dusty tannins and savoury spice providing complexity and a deep structure. This is a powerful wine and a wine that will offer a lot of pleasure now but will reward further cellar time.

2023 Vintage

The 2023 growing season started off cold and wet. For the first time since 2011 our dam was full, and in fact overflowed for most of October and November (rainfall for the calendar year of 2022 was 800mm). Budburst was slightly behind average timing, but crops were down significantly: the bunch counts were low in the first place, we had a mild frost in September and the wet weather finally caught up with us via downy mildew. The rain stopped at the end of December.

The overall heat accumulation was the same (1338 Growing Degree Days) as 2021, both seasons on the slightly cooler side of average but differing in that the heat for 2023 was more toward the second half of the season. Veraison occurred in February and then we picked Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Gamay, Sauvignon Blanc and Riesling in March, and Shiraz and Cabernet/Merlot in the first week of April. The picking weather was pleasant and the fruit arrived at the winery in very good condition.

While quantity was down (especially in Pinot Noir) quality was good: fresh acidity, concentration, colour, tannin and steady fermentations have us looking forward to bottling, and seemingly warmer and drier seasons as El Niño returns.

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