Bannockburn Pinot Noir 2018
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 by hand between 1st and 14th March 2018
- Batches of Pinot Noir from our different blocks were fermented with indigenous yeast, 20% whole bunch in final blend.
- Élevage for 12 months in primarily Troncais and Bertranges hogsheads (25% new), bottled January 2019
- 13.0% alc/vol.
A late start to the season after a third consecutive year of good winter rain. 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 bouquet is herbal and bunchy, with root vegetable and tobacco overtones, the palate elegant and medium to full-bodied, sinewy and finely tensioned, finishing with lively acidity. A complex and appetising pinot." 96 points.
– Huon Hooke The Real Review, June 2020
"A great representation of a great vintage that unites tang and spice, this is a Bannockburn of definition, focus and determination. It's a pretty style, fragranced with potpourri and Chinese five spice lingering with outstanding persistence. Fantastic, fine chalk mineral tannins and vibrant acidity will sustain it long." 94pts
– Tyson Stelzer (Wine Business Magazine), Sept/Oct 2019
We had a fourth consecutive year of good winter rainfall: the soils warmed up slowly which led to normal timing for budburst. A cool, windy spell during springtime flowering resulted in uneven fruit set and lighter than average bunch weights. Over early summer, along with every other east coast wine region we watched the bush fire situation with increasing trepidation. Our luck in avoiding both physical and smoke damage from the fires doesn't begin to offset our feelings for those who didn't...
The summer remained consistently mild and never really heated up at any stage. Growing Degree Days totalled less than 1300 for the first time in many years (...it is normally 1400 GDD)
We managed to maintain access to our picking crew through the bewildering early days of the Covid-19 pandemic and within 2 weeks all the grapes had been picked, just avoiding a heavy dump of rainfall in early April.
The 2020 wines, though very small in quantity are of pleasing high quality.
Our thoughts are with all our friends in hospitality who have had their lives upended this year. Let's hope 2021 is a year we all remember more fondly!
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