Bannockburn Shiraz 1999
We maintain a library of select back vintages in 750mL bottles and 1500mL magnums.
Minimum Order 6 Units (straight or mixed)
- Tasting Notes
A blend of two blocks (this wine pre-dates the planting of our De La Roche vineyard); largely own rooted clone PT23.
- Fruit in excellent condition was fermented utilising indigenous yeast, punchdowns occurring 2 or 3 times a day for 20 days.
- Pressed to tank, then racked to barriques (Damy cooperage, 25% new) for élevage.
- Blended and bottled on site in August 2000.
- 14.5 % alc/ vol.
Full garnet red, reflecting a warm growing season. Bright acid lifts the pepper and spice in both the aroma and on the palate. The dark fruits have matured into a more savoury expression of the site; subtle tannin and a gentle contribution of sweetness from the alcohol make for both a warming and food friendly wine.
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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