Bannockburn Shiraz 2012
Long, slow ripening of Shiraz grapes in this region produces a wine with fully developed flavours, elegance, spice and savoury complexity.
- Tasting Notes
The 2012 vintage was a classic year: the soils were fully charged after the rains of 2011 and the growing season was excellent. Fruit for this wine was grown at our established Shiraz vineyards. The soils are mainly volcanic over sand, clay, loam and limestone base. Picked 28-29 March.
- Largely whole bunch fermentation, on skins for about 4 weeks. Pressed to tank, settled overnight then racked to puncheons for élevage.
- Racked in February before bottling in October 2013.
- 13% alc/vol.
Harmonious and elegant dark red fruits, olives, black pepper and spice reflect the excellent growing season. A fine tannin structure underpins supple red fruits and spice on the palate.
Budburst and harvest returned to long term average timing for the 2016/17 growing season. Picking commenced on March 2, and was completed by April 21.
After excellent winter rain, the season was moderately dry (mostly consisting of heavier rainfall events rather than light rain), and only very occasionally hot.
A fuller canopy of leaves slowed the ripening of all varieties, and retained greater natural acidity. Sugar concentration at harvest and final alcohol levels are low, but flavours are vibrant and typical of both variety and site.
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