Bannockburn Serre Pinot Noir 2015
Our Serré (a French word meaning “tightly packed”) features Pinot Noir grown at Serré Vineyard using close-planting, low trellising and narrow rows to replicate the tough vineyard conditions of Grand Cru Burgundy, naturally yielding at 500g/vine. This block may be the oldest close-planted vineyard outside Europe. It certainly is the best of our Pinot Noir sites: uniform, focused, powerful and fragrant, every year. It will continue to develop and drink well for another ten to 15 years or more.
Minimum Order 6 Units (straight or mixed)
- Tasting Notes
Pinot Noir, clone MV6 on own roots, planted in 1984 and 1986. 1.2m rows x 1.2m vine spacing. Picked February 26.
- A single ferment from a smaller than usual crop, wild fermented for a total of 19 days on skins (15% whole bunch).
- Pressed to tank, settled overnight before 15 months in French oak hogsheads (20% new).
- Spring malolactic fermentation, then racked to older hogsheads prior to bottling May, 2016.
- 13.5% alc/vol.
"A beautiful release. As intriguing as it is delicious. Wild with complex, herb-strewn flavour, but has excellent fruit intensity and a matrix of tannin keeping it firmly in place. Spice, meat and tangy rhubarb-like characters flitter about the core of cherry-plum. It promises to age exquisitely." 96 points.
- Campbell Mattinson (winecompanion.com.au) August 2018
"Whole-bunch fermented pinot, 20 months in French oak (mainly used). Vivid, deep crimson, the whole bunch fermentation (and the close planting) indelibly stamp their mark, but despite the ultra-complex nature of the wine, there is harmony wherever you look from the bouquet through to the mid-palate, finish and aftertaste. All class in a whole-bunch context." 97 points.
- James Halliday (James Halliday Australian Wine Companion 2016), 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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