Serré Pinot Noir 2022

Serré Pinot Noir 2022

Serré, planted in 1984 and certified organic in 2021, is likely the oldest high-density vineyard planting in Australia. Naturally low yielding, this vineyard is responsible for some of our finest, most concentrated and most long-lived Pinot Noir wines.

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Serré Pinot Noir is made from a 3 acre vineyard block, planted to clone MV6 in 1984, and extended in 1986. The vine spacing is 1.2m, the row spacing is 1.2m, and the row orientation is north-south. This vineyard was inspired and influenced by Stuart Hooper's love of the great wines of Burgundy, and the tight spacing and low trellising replicates the iconic vineyards of of the Cote d'Or. Serré is the oldest recognised high-density vineyard planting in Australia.

Handpicked parcels of fruit were wild fermented separately with approximately 20% whole bunch overall including a portion of carbonic maceration. After pressing the wine was racked to a combination of hogsheads and puncheons of which 30% was new oak. The wine was left undisturbed for 10 months prior to blending and bottling.

The 2022 vintage offers a wine of quiet power, intensity, and deep old vine concentration. Tightly coiled in its youth but as the wine relaxes, the layers will emerge.

96 points. This release is a wonder to behold. It’s firm, svelte, powerful and complex, with terrific length and all-round conviction. It’s a wine with X-factor. It tastes of earth and macerated cherries, strawberries and woodsy spice, undergrowth and fresh beet. It captivates you at hello and makes you sorrowful at goodbye. This is Bannockburn at its best, its greatness bell clear. Campbell Mattinson, winefront.com.au.
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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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