Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2016
The single vineyard wines tell unique stories; this wine has been telling the composite story of season at Bannockburn since 1980.
Minimum Order 6 Units (straight or mixed)
- Tasting Notes
Primarily MV6 clone, also 114, 115 and 777, planted in 1976, 1997 and 2007. Picked 18 February - 3 March 2016
- Batches of Pinot Noir from our different blocks were fermented with indigenous yeast, 20% whole bunch in final blend.
- Élevage for 15 months in primarily Troncais and Bertranges hogsheads (20% new), then racked and bottled via light filtration July 2017
- 13.0% alc/vol.
An early budburst and consequent harvest was followed by a warm, dry season. Lifted red fruits and savoury forest floor on the nose, bright acid and fine tannin on the palate. Immediately enjoyable and versatile with regard to food pairings, this wine will reward medium term ageing in cellar.
“The palate is more of the same, clove and toast, twigs and dried but pleasantly sour fruits, quite a bit of concentration here but a suppleness and very even flow. I found this wine very charming, distinct in its non-fruit characters and wonderful in its volume of perfume and flavour while retaining a sense of elegance. A compelling drink." 94 points
– Mike Bennie (winefront.com.au), April 2019
“Deeply coloured; a complex full bodied pinot with dark berry fruits, spice and oak on the bouquet, and an opulently textured palate; firmish tannins ex whole bunches and acidity keep the wine corralled." 94 points.
– James Halliday (winecompanion.com.au), August 2016
"Deeply coloured but not star-bright, an ultra-complex and power-packed pinot, multi-plum flavours surround by a palisade of whole bunch stemmy notes. Cries out for time in bottle." 96 points.
– James Halliday (winecompanion.com.au), 27 July 2015
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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