Bannockburn Serré Pinot Noir 2018
Pinot Noir grown at Serré Vineyard, a high density planting with low trellising and narrow rows to replicate the tough vineyard conditions of Grand Cru Burgundy. It naturally yields at 500g/vine. This block is possibly the oldest close-planted Pinot Noir vineyard in Australia. 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 ten to 15 years or more.
- Tasting Notes
Pinot Noir, clone MV6 on own roots, planted in 1984 and 1986. 1.2m rows x 1.2m vine spacing. Volcanic surface material with darker clay over weathered basalt and limestone. Grapes harvested by hand 6-7/03/2018.
- Wild fermentation. (20% whole bunch).
- Pressed to tank, settled overnight before 12 months in French oak hogsheads (20% new).
- Spring malo-lactic fermentation, then racked to tank prior to bottling January 2019.
- 13.5% alc/vol.
" The perfumed bouquet of red berries, rose petals and spice leads into a wondrously fine, elegant palate. It's the product of many things, including the great '17 Victorian vintage." 99points
- James Halliday The Weekend Australian March 2020
"A savoury and exuberant Serré, packed with charcuterie and pan juices over layers of dried spice, dried flowers and ripe cranberry fruits reflective of its warm season. It holds the finely structured tension of the limestone of its site with great length and line." 93 points
- 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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