Bannockburn Shiraz 2002 Magnum
We maintain a small library of select back vintage magnum (1500ml) bottles in our cellars at Bannockburn Vineyards.
Minimum Order 3 Units
- 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 2003.
- 14.0 % alc/vol.
Medium dark garnet, with good clarity after decanting away the sediment. 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.
We had a fifth good year of rain across winter: the soils warmed up slowly which led to normal timing for budburst. The La Nina rains continued through the first half of the growing season (total 730mm for 2020) making for very healthy vines/dense canopies. The rain eased early in the new year and it warmed up slightly but heat accumulation only totalled 1340 Growing Degree Days. The organic blocks performed so strongly that we will extend organic accreditation to the remainder of the vineyard in the next few years.
We started the harvest early-March with picking Chardonnay , due to the small Pinot Noir crop we only picked roughly every second or third day through to the final pick of Shiraz which was just after Easter : a slow moving harvest.
The fruit was in very good condition, and all the ferments went smoothly. Malic acid levels are very high, the wines will need to wait until Spring to go through malolactic fermentation.
At this early stage the wines show promise: a nice balance of stone fruits and citrus in the Chardonnay, structure and transparency to season and site in the Pinot Noir and Shiraz.
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