Bannockburn Riesling 2017

Bannockburn Riesling 2017

We only produce a small amount of Riesling, but it’s a great opportunity to have some fun with one of the “noble” grape varieties.

  • Viticulture
  • Winemaking
  • Tasting Notes

For the first time incorporating grapes from a new block of Riesling vines but predominantly made from fruit off the original site planted in 1976. Picked March 30 and April 6.

  • Unusually for an arid region such as Moorabool Valley, we had some botrytis in the younger vineyard.
  • The botrytis affected juice was fermented in an old barrique, and as with last couple of vintages, we have made this wine with zero additions apart from minimal sulphur.
  • Racked, then bottled in August, 2017.
  • 13.0% alc/vol.
Slight suggestion of apricot via the botrytis, but mainly riper citrus and stone fruit aromatics. The textured palate is balanced by moderate acid (some dissolved gas persists from fermentation due to minimal handling). Our small production of Riesling often demonstrates an ability to age.....this should follow suit.
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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